About the Match
After a disappointing World Cup campaign, for the first time we'll see the Englishmen in colored kits. They are set to take on Ireland at Malahide, near Dublin on Friday, 8th May 2015. England have played longest version of the game since then, but we have not seen much of Ireland after the World Cup. James Taylor, stand-in skipper for England in this one-off game termed this as the beginning of 'new era' for English Cricket. This is true for Ireland Cricket too as they'll be looking to win this one and make a statement to strengthen their case to get more international games as Porterfield has often been seen quoting. England will be going into the match with a new look squad in contrast to Ireland who will play almost the same squad as they played in World Cup. It is likely to be a big test for England when they come out on Friday, but it surely promises to be a delightful encounter to watch like it was a couple of years ago.
Riding on the confidence gained from World Cup's success, Ireland will be looking to convert this one-off chance to a win. Ireland has retained their full World Cup squad with William Porterfield leading the side. Paul Stirling and William Porterfield will play a key role as openers against English bowlers on a fresh and juicy wicket. Ireland impressed one and all with both bowling and batting in the recently concluded ICC competition and they'd be looking to repeat it. They have the experience of Porterfield and Niall 'O Brian at the top of the order and fans will want them to fire. Kevin 'O Brian can hit some big ones in the slog overs. They have John Mooney and Alex Cusack to lead their bowling department. They did reasonably well in the World Cup and same would be expected of them once again with support from George Dockrell, Kevin 'O Brian and Stuart Thompson. Ireland has a good lineup with a fair mix of youth and experience. They have tasted success before and will be looking to repeat the same. It wouldn't be surprising if they topple the relatively inexperience English team yet again.
We'll see a lot different English side to what we did in the World Cup. A minimum of six players will make their debut in this massive game. Jason Roy is expected to open the innings with Alex Hales. Their middle order will feature young and talented players who will be looking to start well on international circuit. Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan will be the only bowlers who have played international cricket before. Adil Rashid and Mark Wood are expected to play this match after travelling to and from West Indies where they could not get a game and England managed a 1-1 series draw despite being in the driver's seat for most of the test series against West Indies. While this team has almost negligible international experience, they have a lots of experience of playing in English domestic cricket; also of playing against and with the opponents of the upcoming game. This team might be low on experience, but as far as talent is concerned, there plenty and any opponent cannot make the mistake of taking them lightly.
England survived the scare the last time these two teams met a couple of years ago as experienced Bopara and Morgan bailed them out of trouble. England will want the young talented played to fire on international stage while men from Ireland would love to register a win. Ireland has the home advantage and experienced players who can guide them home from nervy situations. I'd place my money on Ireland as they are more experienced and appear better team on paper and add to that the home advantage.