England v Ireland - ODI Preview

England v Ireland Preview. The helter-skelter 2020 summer of cricket is back on the road tomorrow with Morgan's World Champions (I'll never tire of that) taking on Ireland in three ODIs on the south coast.

The biosecure nature of this summer means several multi-format players like Buttler, Stokes and Root cannot take part which opens a window of opportunity for some new names and some not so new.

Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the recall of Reece Topley and David Willey both of whom had seemed surplus to requirements. Willey had been jettisoned to accommodate Archer last summer and had seemed to struggle if the white ball didn't swing in the first ten overs. Topley hasn't played since David Cameron was PM (I'm sure we would all agree that seems a long time ago) and has been bedevilled by serious injury problems. Happily, he seems to be injury-free now and was Sussex's lead wicket-taker in last year's T20 Blast. With two T20 World Cups on the horizon maybe he has timed his run perfectly.

This is another chance for Billings and Vince both of whom can be considered fringe players, though the latter has a World Cup winners medal, as does Liam Dawson who is also part of the squad.

The most destructive opening pair in white-ball cricket are reunited and they have plenty of support in Morgan and Moeen Ali, with Banton leading the charge of the younger generation.

With Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood and Moeen Ali as Morgan's VC this should be a strong enough England team to beat Ireland, although fans of a certain age will recall Ireland's O'Brien inspired defeat of England in the 2011 WC. I would expect some rotation, and wouldn't rule out Morgan doing something funky like missing a game and letting Moeen lead the side. Worcester fans will attest to Moeen's cool head in the T20 Blast over the last couple of years.

A series win and a comfortable one at that must be the minimum requirement.


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