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Archer to Debut as England Test Bench Strength Against Ireland

Cricketnext Staff |May 3, 2019, 11:43 AM IST
Archer to Debut as England Test Bench Strength Against Ireland

Currently in an unenviable spot due to the withdrawal of Alex Hales, the England cricket team is all set to begin their final round of audition ahead of the World Cup with with a one-off ODI against Ireland.

The spotlight however is on England’s newest sensation, fast bowler Jofra Archer, who along with David Malan and Ben Foakes, will debut in Malahide.

England, who are playing for the first time since a 2-2 series draw against West Indies have rested Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, while Sam Billings is out injured. Jason Roy is also not in the set-up for this game.

Ireland too had similar fortunes in their five-match series against Afghanistan in Dehradun.

The Ireland born England captain Eoin Morgan is using this trip back to test out the fringe players and Malan, Foakes and one of Duckett and James Vince have a chance to make their case with a good score.

The talk around the bowling will be about Archer, who brings to the table some decent form after finishing with 11 wickets in as many games for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, the likes of Adil Rashid and David Willey will look to fine tune their approach.

Along with Morgan, expect Joe Root to take up his usual spot to add meat to a much changed lineup.

Ireland will look to stun their fancied opponents with the usual suspects Paul Stirling, Kevin O' Brien, skipper William Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie lining up for them. Balbirnie, their best bat in Dehradun, will be the mainstay for the Irish.

The veteran duo of Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin will spearhead the pace attack, while George Dockrell and Andy McBrine complete the spin department.

Expect Gary Wilson to return behind the stumps after recovering from an eye problem to play his 100th ODI, while there could be a debut for Josh Little.

Squads

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jofra Archer, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood

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2
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3
IND
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4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
BAN
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6
SL
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7
PAK
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9
SA
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10
AFG
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4 South Africa 4647 111
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