|England v Eire one-day worldwide collection
|Venue: Ageas Bowl, Southampton Dates: 30 July, 1 August, four August (all 14:00 BST)
|Protection: Ball-by-ball Take a look at Match Particular commentary on BBC Radio 5 Reside Sports activities Additional, BBC Radio four LW, BBC Radio Ulster MW, BBC Sounds, and BBC Sport web site & app with stay textual content commentary & in-play highlights (UK solely)
|TV highlights: 1st ODI on BBC Two (23:35 BST); 2nd ODI on BBC One (22:50, not Wales); third ODI on BBC Two (23:30); all on BBC iPlayer
England start a three-match one-day worldwide collection with Eire on Thursday – the longest bilateral collection the 2 sides have ever performed.
A cramped schedule, and precautions to make sure each groups stay in a bio-secure “bubble” – imply that England’s Take a look at gamers are unavailable and they’re going to discipline a completely totally different ODI XI to the lads who gained in Manchester on Tuesday.
However the hosts have a number of gamers determined to press a declare for additional worldwide recognition, whereas Eire are eager to impress in what are their solely scheduled fixtures of the yr.
Add within the begin of a brand new competitors, with some fascinating rule modifications – and there may be extra at stake than meets the attention.
A yr on from the World Cup
Thursday’s opening match is England’s first 50-over sport on dwelling soil for 382 days, since they lifted the World Cup after overcoming New Zealand in an exciting closing.
Fixtures in opposition to Eire and Scotland have typically meant the resting of star gamers and the blooding of rookies.
Even amongst England’s World Cup-winning squad, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, James Vince, Mark Wooden and Jofra Archer all made their 50-over debuts in one-off ODIs in Belfast or Dublin.
This time spherical, the coronavirus pandemic has, not directly, contributed to England fielding totally totally different Take a look at and limited-overs groups.
However removed from being an ‘England B’ squad, this might be a stronger one-day aspect than England have typically chosen to face Eire, together with eight World Cup squad members – albeit with out Take a look at regulars Stokes, Archer, Wooden, Chris Woakes, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.
England fringe gamers underneath the microscope
Whereas not one of the seven uncapped gamers in England’s unique 24-man coaching group are included – even Phil Salt’s 58-ball century for England Lions in opposition to Eire in a warm-up final Sunday was not sufficient for him to make the minimize – there are some fascinating choices.
Whereas England’s 50-over crew had most bases coated on the World Cup, they’d love the variation of a left-arm seamer as a bowling choice – so have turned to Reece Topley, greater than 4 years after his final England look.
Topley, now together with his fourth county, will look to place his again issues behind him and restart his worldwide profession, whereas fellow left-armer David Willey is recalled after narrowly lacking out on the World Cup squad and never being chosen for the winter excursions.
Tom Curran and Liam Dawson carried the drinks for the entire of that World Cup however get one other probability, whereas Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Denly will certainly be hoping to remind the selectors of their qualities if a Take a look at place turns into vacant.
In the meantime, the choice of James Vince – out of the Take a look at aspect for 2 and a half years – forward of some youthful batsmen signifies he’s nonetheless in England’s plans, and he has the proper stage of a collection on his dwelling floor, the place he has performed some majestic 50-over innings.
Eire’s huge probability
The pandemic has disadvantaged Eire of scheduled 2020 fixtures in opposition to Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Pakistan, leaving this collection as their solely present on the town because it stands.
Eire have been on an upward trajectory since they shocked the cricket world with their heroics on the 2007 World Cup and their solely win over England on the 2011 occasion.
Not solely have they earned Take a look at standing, they’re collaborating within the inaugural World Cup Tremendous League (extra on that in a minute) and have earned the best to a ‘correct’ three-game ODI collection in opposition to England, relatively than a one-off sport.
Solely Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin stay within the Irish set-up from the 2007 squad, and there’s a sense of a brand new period – not least after the squad moved to full-time skilled contracts for the primary time in January.
Andrew Balbirnie succeeded Porterfield as skipper late final yr, whereas his new vice-captain Paul Stirling was confronted with a tricky alternative over his future profession.
The flip aspect of Eire’s Take a look at standing has meant their gamers can not seem in English county cricket as home gamers – even these with UK passports corresponding to Belfast-born Stirling.
So, he has left Middlesex after 10 years and joined Northamptonshire as an abroad participant for the T20 Blast – whereas, in contrast, Tim Murtagh and Stuart Poynter have relinquished their Eire careers to stay in county cricket as home gamers.
A youthful squad is taking form, with former South Africa Below-19 all-rounder Curtis Campher the most recent recruit.
What about these new guidelines?
The brand new ICC World Cup Tremendous League is analogous to the continued World Take a look at Championship – however can also be the pathway to qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
Every crew performs eight of the opposite 12 groups concerned – 4 dwelling and 4 away – over three ODIs, with 10 factors for a win, and 5 for a tie, no consequence or abandonment.
The highest seven nations will be a part of hosts India in computerized World Cup qualification, with the underside 5 coming into a qualifying event with affiliate groups.
An attention-grabbing improvement in Tremendous League video games is that third umpires will solely name front-foot no-balls – a enjoying situation efficiently used within the Ladies’s T20 World Cup earlier this yr.
In a clampdown on gradual over-rates, groups might be deducted one Tremendous League level for each full over they fall brief.
And as with the England Take a look at collection, each groups might be given an additional use of the Choice Evaluation System per innings as an interim measure – rising from one to 2.