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England vs Ireland Live Score, Only Test at Lord's: England Trail by 122 runs

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 24, 2019, 11:36 PM IST

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ENG vs IRE Cricket Scorecard (TEST)

One-off Test TEST, Lord's, London, 24 July, 2019

England

85/10

(23.4) RR 3.59

v/s
Ireland

207/10

(58.2) RR 3.54

England beat Ireland by 143 runs
England vs Ireland Live Score, Only Test at Lord's: England Trail by 122 runs

Catch live scores from the solitary Test between England and Ireland at Lord's.

Ireland's march to becoming a fully fledged member of cricket's elite will reach another important staging post when they play their first Test against England at Lord's on Wednesday.

The Irish men's side only made their Test debut last year, suffering a final day defeat by Pakistan in Dublin in a creditable display before being well beaten by fellow newcomers Afghanistan.

Since the turn of the century, Ireland have become known for their one-day exploits, beating the likes of Pakistan (2007) and England (2011) at World Cups.

But Test status was always the dream.

Now this match at Lord's is set to be the highlight of Ireland's year given they did not qualify for the reduced 10-team World Cup won just over a week ago by tournament hosts England in a thrilling final against New Zealand, which also took place at 'the home of cricket'.

The sport has a long history in Ireland and cricket was hugely popular there in the 19th Century.

But a rising tide of Irish nationalism and the growth of the Gaelic Athletic Association led to cricket being declared a "garrison" or "foreign" game.

Irish cricket went into something of a retreat although memorable occasions such as a televised win over the touring West Indies in 1969 helped to change attitudes.

Several of the present side have played county cricket, including Tim Murtagh, a stalwart for Lord's based-Middlesex, who recently took his 800th first-class wicket.

Meanwhile fast bowler Boyd Rankin was briefly an England player when that was the only way Irishmen could play Test cricket before switching back.

"It is a dream come true, and it is something I never thought would happen in my playing career," said Rankin, who played just the one Test for England on their ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes tour of Australia.

"You can't get much better than a Test match at Lord's."

England will be resting several of their World Cup stars, including fast bowler Jofra Archer, all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Jos Buttler. They have handed debuts to World Cup hero Jason Roy and fast bowler Olly Stone while Somerset's Lewis Gregory misses out. Pacer James Anderson has also been ruled out due to a calf injury he picked up earlier this month in a county game. Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran are the other pace bowlers included in the playing eleven.

Eoin Morgan, their victorious Dublin-born captain, no longer plays Test cricket with Joe Root, a fellow World Cup winner, in charge. Rory Burns and Roy will form a new opening combination with Joe Denly, Root, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali to follow. Jack Leach and Moeen will head the spin bowling duties.

The match will only last a maximum of four days rather than the standard five, a consequence both of being shoehorned into the narrow gap between the end of the World Cup and the start of England's five-Test Ashes series against Australia next month and a desire by officials to experiment with 'spectator friendly' playing hours.

"It is one Test before the Ashes gets going so hopefully we can cash in," said England opener Rory Burns.

"There is a chance to score runs here, so you have to back yourself and the game plan."

Certainly an Ireland win would be a huge upset for all they recently beat Zimbabwe in a one-day series.

"In my generation I don't think any of us expected to be playing a Test match at Lord's, so to have the opportunity is great," said Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson.

"But we mustn't lose sight of the fact that we have to come here and perform as well. I mean that's what it is about, it's not just turning up and having all the fanfare around Lord's.

"We have to try and put in a good performance against a very good England side, but we've got some good players as well and we're confident we can do that."

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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
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