Host England aim for a strong start against Ireland

Host England will be keen to start their white-ball campaign on a winning note when they face Ireland in the opening game of the one-day series at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

For England, there will be opportunities for fringe players to showcase their talent with bat and ball. Saqib Mehmood, Tom Banton, James Vince and Liam Dawson will be looking to make an impact for England int his one-day series.

In  the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan to deliver the bulk of the runs. There is no doubt that Roy and Bairstow  is one of most destructive opening pairs in white-ball cricket. The opening duo will be looking to pile on the runs in this three match one-day series.

Expected to be slotted at no.3, James Vince will have another opportunity to make a big impact for England. He has been a consistent performer for his domestic side in the List-A competition.

Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton and Sam Billings will make the middle-order for England for this one-day series opener. Captain Eoin Morgan has been a bankable performer for the side in white-ball cricket since past couple of years.

On the bowling front, the side will relying on the young pace trio of David Willey, Tom Curran and Saqib Mehmood to provide wickets with the new-ball. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will be two spin options for the side for this game.

On the other hand, Ireland can never taken lightly as they have knack of beating big teams. Captain Andrew Balbirnie will be hoping that the side can put on a decent show in this series opener at Southampton.

Uncapped batting all-rounder Curtis Campher is expected to make his ODI debut for Ireland in this opening game. Middle-order batsman Harry Tector is another debutant for Ireland for this game.

In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie and Willem Porterfield to do the bulk of the scoring.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Andy McBrine, Craig Young and Berry McCarthy to make crucial  breakthroughs for this game.

The pitch at The Rose Bowl will be expected to be placid one with plenty of runs for the batting units. The spinners will get some assistance from the surface.


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