Wanting to put a final nail in their World Cup preparations, England are hosting Ireland for a three-match ODI series before traveling to the subcontinent for the biggest cricketing extravaganza on the planet, the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup.
This series holds a lot of importance for the English side as this is their last chance to try things out before the big tournament, but not so much for Ireland as they failed to qualify for the event due to poor performance in the qualifiers. Ireland is still a young nation with abundant cricketing talent and a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
To put things into perspective, this series means a last chance for England to try out different players and groom them for the 50-over format. For Ireland, a series win here will boost the confidence of the players and prepare them for the future. The top bookmakers in India have ODI odds with them.
Root, being the most experienced player and a legendary batter, is expected to score runs in the upcoming match.
The betting tip is...
Joe Root to score fifty.
A second-string England team will be seen playing in this series, led by Zak Crawley. Such is the depth of this England team that even the second-string team looks threatening. There are some quality batters, such as Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Phil Salt, Will Jacks, etc. Rehan Ahmed is the spin-bowling all-rounder who could be the x-factor in this series. The squad has quality fast bowlers as well, including Brydon Carse and Matthew Potts.
Joe Root, being the most experienced player, would be the batter to watch out for in this series for the hosts.
Predicted Lineup: Zak Crawley (c), Phil Salt (wk), Ben Duckett, Joe Root, Will Jacks, Jamie Smith, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Luke Wood, Brydon Carse, and Matthew Potts
After Andrew Balbirine left the captaincy, Paul Striling has taken things over, and he will be leading the Irish team on this tour to England. The Ireland team has some really promising talent, which could well define their playing style in this series.
Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, Joshua Little, etc. are all the players who can change the course of the match with their respective skill sets. Andy Balbirine and Paul Striling will have to be the torchbearers, being the most experienced players.
Tector could be the team’s most valuable player in this series.
Predicted Lineup: Andrew Balbirine, Paul Striling (c), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Neil Rock, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, and Craig Young
As per the current scenario, England holds the upper hand and are the favorites to win the second ODI match of this series. The English team is the home team, which gives them some added advantage in difficult conditions.
Expect Ireland to give them a proper contest and fight for every run and wicket, but England are anticipated to emerge victorious.