A gutsy and necessary recovery by Ireland after that terrible start. Willey ends with five for 30 and he, on his return, Rashid, England’s best white-ball bowler, and Saqib Mahmood all impressed. Fine debut from Curtis Campher, who made 59*, the highest score on debut for Ireland since a certain Eoin Morgan.
The world champions need 173 to win. We’ll be back for the start of their chase.Â
Young c Roy b Willey 11Â Â Willey almost bags his first ODI five-for when Campher swishes at a drive and spoons it over cover. Morgan turns and sprints but it keeps going, evading his grasp by about a foot when it finally comkes to earth. Young slices anotherÂ drive over mid-off for two but chips the next ball to the same fielder, Jason Roy, who dives forward to scoop it inches off the grass. FOW 172/10
Young scoops a drive back up the pitch, just out of Mahmood’s reach, off an inswinging yorker. It flies past him for four. The No11 slices the slower ball over cover for two then hobbles s a single when pinned on the thighpad and the ball rebounds through gully. Campher drops to his knee and tries to slog Mahmood over midwicket but it’s too quick fro him and searing in towards the stumps, whistling past the off-pole and into Bairstow’s gloves.Â
Young is hit on the gloves trying to pull Willey and runs a single to fine leg. Campher Harrow drives to the same fielder. Young opens the face to steer a single down to third man but Campher can’t match him, twice missing pull shots from Willey’s Sidebottomesque bouncers.Â
Double change: Mahmood, who has three overs left, comes back, and picks up his second wicket when McCarthy had a swing. Done for pace. Young, a No11 in every sense, incautiously takes a single off the last ball with a tappy drive to cover.Â
McCarthy c Vince b Mahmood 3Â Right-hander works a shot off his hip, a kind of pick-up shot, that sat up and arrowed it down square leg’s throat.Â FOW 156/9
David Willey returns. He took four for 20 off his first six overs and he resumes with his fuller, stock ball. They lay bat on the first two and take singles to cover and point. His bouncer is called wide but he makes up for it with three successive dot balls to McCarthy who eventually gets away from his nagging accuracy with a leg-bye.Â
Campher uses the angle and a touch of movement to clip two off middle through square leg. Curran runs through his repertoire and, after a slow ball, bulls-eyes Campher in the box. He goes down for 30 seconds, puffs out his cheeks and regains his feet. He takes a single with a bottom edge cut that endangered his stumps and McCarthy pinches the strike with a leg-glance.Â Â
McCarthy presses forward and earns a single through third man off a thick edge. Campher stretches point’s legs twice with a chop and a dab. Moeen ends his spell with 10-0-37-0.Â
Fours off successive balls for McBrine, both exploiting Curran’s overpitchingÂ to square drive for four. Curran responds with a slower ball that diddles the left-hander who goes to slog it over deep midwicket. Instead he toes it very high over mid-on safely and they run two when it plants in the outfield. Curran has the final word.Â
McBrine c Billings b Curran 40Â Ten off the preceding three balls, starts to believe he’s on top and slaps a pull to Billings at deep backwards square. The fielder runs in 10 yards and snatches it with a forward dive. FOW 145/8
Loud appeal when Moeen traps Campher on the back foot, trying to swipe the ball round the corner. England ponder a review but decide against it, probably wisely as it ripped back into his pads and seemed to be heading down. Campher takes a pair of singles to midwicket and cover, both of them very tight, and the second of them brings up his 50 on debut. Big turn for Moeen but without the pace so far to bother the well-set batsmen. Golf banter in the commentary box. Oh, joy.Â
Â Curran comes back into the attack. Campher drives him through cover for a single. The right-armer comes round the wicket to the left-handed McBrine who defends the first two then walks across his stumps to flick a single off his hip. They stroll a single when Campher again drives to cover then McBrine brings up the 50 partnership after top-edging a hook over the keeper for four, That was Curran’s cross-seamer and astonished the batsman with its higher bounce.Â
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McBrine drops to one knee to slog Moeen over midwicket for two, defends a couple then clears his front leg to thrash an off-break into the seats at cow corner. Dorothy Dix precedes drinks.Â
Campher carries on in his compact and busy fashion on debut. Looks a hustler and a great find for Ireland. He waits for Mahmood’s back of a length delivery to jump up and slaps it off the back foot for two down to third man and follows it by control-pulling another shorter ball for a single. Mildly chastised it rather than walloping it.Â
A Sky graphic shows how Campher has been playing late and deep in his crease. It’s why Moeen is trying to dart his arm ball through the gate but the batsman is up to it so far. Four more singles. Looks like Moeen will bowl through, too.Â
Saqib Mahmood returns. England are grooming him for the understudy enforcer role that Woakes usually plays. McBrine punches a single to cover off the back foot, Campher opens the face to glide a single down to third man, and McBrine adds a third with one-leg pull. More evasive action than flamingo.Â
Four singles off Moeen’s sixth over. Campher brings up Ireland’s hundred with a cover drive then dabs one through point. McBrine’s are nurdled to square leg and point. Classic old-fashioned No9 batsmanship.Â
Rashid is going to bowl through, which is an unusual call for Morgan. After five dot balls during which Bairstow goads Campher, shouting ‘he’s picking you now, Rash’, Campher hares a very tight single off the last to point. Rashid ends with 10-3-26-1.Â
No need to consider the crowd and what they would have paid to watch this. But had Ireland played like this in front of a paying audience, they would have deserved a refund. Let’s hope they improve.Â
It was umpire’s call because he was over 3m from the stumps. Then the ball tracking showed it going over off-stump.Â
Ireland take a tight single with a push to mid-on. Rashid runs to field off his own bowling and throws tamely. Bairstow whips the bails out bu McBirnie’s dive has beaten him. McBrine pats a single to midwicket off a full toss. Willey has a shy at the non-striker’s but misses before McBrine makes his ground. Campher picks the googly and carts it over midwicket for four but is pinned next ball by the leg-break but the ball was heading down the legside.Â
Some drift on the breeze for Moeen. Campher drills a drive for a single to cover and McBrine, following the pattern of the last over, earns another with the cut stroke.Â
Gorgeous googly from Rashid to the left-handed McBrine that fizzes past the edge. It kicked on and bounced too. Has he developed a hybrid flipgoogle? Just the single off the over, driven by Campher between midwicket and mid-on. Willey saves runs with a dive.Â
England’s spin twins are rattling through the overs, barely giving the batsmen time to think. It’s all part of the ploy, to make them look up at the overs left on the scoreboard and think, ‘How on earth has that happened?’ Three dot balls are followed by three singles, two nurdles and one a more full-blooded shot from McBrine who chops a cut down to the point sweeper.Â
Rashid beats Campher with a snorter of a leg-break and Bairstow again whips off the bails. The keeper is ‘treating’ the batsman and us all to a running commentary.Â
Campher has been infected by the general skittishness and he almost runs himself out with a daft decision to take a single. McBrine sends him back and he makes his ground just in the nick of time. Campher carves a single through point, McBrine works one through square leg. Campher’s call is ‘two’ but it was never on and they sensibly stick at one.Â Â
Excellent field placement by Morgan to have Willey 10 yards in from the rope, 10 yards closer to extra than traditional long-off. Rashid is bowling beautifully now, sewing confusion and frustration in the batsmen.Â Â
Singh run out 0Â Rashid starts to rip his leg break. Singh panics and tries to take a single to cover after surviving four of them hairily and, when sent back, is run out by Banton’s throw to Bairstow by about five yards. Terrible cricket. FOW 79/7
O’Brien c Willey b Rashid 22Â Haha! What kind of fool am I?Â A catch was coming. Bairstow read O’Brien’s body language perfectly and, annoyed at being tied down, the veteran batsmanÂ spoons a drive straight down long-off’s throat.Â FOW 79/6
Moeen Ali comes into the attack. England, without Stokes and Root, do not have the luxury of a sixth or seventh option. Campher prods a single into the onside and calls O’Brien through for the single that raises the 50 partnership. ‘Catch coming!’ shouts Bairstow … but it isn’t as O’Brien takes a single from a defensive push to cover.Â Â
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Rashid bowls a fifth successive over, rattling through it to Campher. He loses patience after three dot balls and tries to sweep Rashid from outside off-stump. He misses and Bairstow whips off the bails but his back foot was well planted. Maiden and big turn for his last-ball googly that also kept low. Campher managed to jab his bat down quickly to chisel it away.Â
I have said it before but there is something of the Dernbach Nouveau about TK Curran, without the manic whirring through the variations that infected and blighted the Surrey bowler’s international career towards the end. His bouncer is too short and is rightly called wide. Campher pops one off his hip for a single, O’Brien pulls for another and Campher gleans a third with a glide through gully.Â
‘C’mon Dilly! Bang! Bang!’ shouts Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. O’Brien has to reach for a drive when it dips and pokes it past mid-off for a single. Campher engages his feet to come down and play tip and run to cover. Rashid waits until the last ball for his googly, which catches O’Brien by surprise, taking the inside edge as it squirts into the onside.Â
Curran Major has grown a lockdown tache, the kind you’d see on blokes called ‘Kev; in the Eighties. He is bowling well, lots of invention and different types of delivery. Good, full length, restricts Campher to defending five dot balls after O’Brien tucked the first ball for a single off his hip.Â
Rashid is varying his flight beautifully here, floating a couple,Â darting a couple that go skidding through. O’Brien leans back and reads his leg-break that was pitched too wide and cuts it for three behind square. Campher also plays a cut shot but his is very risky and he edges it when it bounces higher than he was expecting, garnering four for it by comparison with his partner’s more worthy stroke.Â
Afternoon all, Rob Bagchi here. Tom Curran continues and is taken for four singles, O’Brien’s to point and square leg, Campher to fine leg and third man. Symmmetry. On come the drinks.Â
O’Brien drives the ball nicely for a couple to bring up Ireland’s 50. Another Rashid googly narrowly misses O’Brien’s leg-stump, going through the gap. Beautiful bowling. Neither batsman picking it at the moment. O’Brien picks up a couple to finish the over.
And Tom Curran replaces Willey at the other end. His second ball is very short and dispatched for four by Campher, a welcome boundary for Ireland. Campher tucks the ball away for another single, while O’Brien does the same to finish the over. Curran perhaps too straight.
Adil Rashid into the attack, replacing Mahmood. His second ball is a beauty, a googly into Willey’s footmarks and Campher is relieved to see the ball miss his off-stump.
O’Brien and Campher begin the rebuild job. Two quick singles in Willey’s sixth over, followed by a couple for O’Brien through mid-wicket.
Mahmood into his fifth over and goes past Campher’s outside edge again. He has a really nice action and good pace.
Nearly a sixth wicket as O’Brien mis-times a pull shot. The ball loops up, but Sam Billings is 10 yards too deep.Â
Campher drives the ball nicely and a tidy bit of fielding on the boundary fromÂ Tom Curran keeps it to two.
Willey goes past the outside edge, before a single finishes the over. Ireland need some Kevin O’Brien magic here.
Hat-trick ball defended well by Curtis Campher. He leaves the ball nicely to finish the over.
Ireland in all kinds of bother. Five wickets down, two new batsmen at the crease and 43 overs to go.
England review next ball with Willey finding the pads of new batsman Lorcan Tucker. Must say it looked like it pitched outside leg at first glance, but let’s see the replay. Slight delay on the replays, but when they arrive…Â no! Pitched in line and hitting. Tucker goes first ball and Willey has his fourth.
And a fourth wicket falls – this time Delany, Ireland’s only bright spark in these opening exchanges, goes. His attempted drive finds Tom Banton at backward point, giving Willey his third.
Mahmood finds his length again and Harry Tector chops on. A third wicket and Mahmood’s first.
Delany continues to go along well, clearing his left leg to Willey and lofting it down the ground for a fourth boundary. He follows it up with a drive through point for another four. Nice couple of counter punches after Willey’s first couple of successful overs.
The first boundary comes from a thickish edge from Delany off Mahmood which evades second slip. Nicely bowled.Â The next ball isn’t so good, it’s shorter and pulled for four. A third boundary in a row follows with the best shot yet, a lovely drive through the covers to a ball that was overpitched.Â Mahmood does find his length for the next two balls, but Delany picks up a single to finish the over. Thirteen off it and better for Ireland.
Willey’s fourth ball is a beauty, pitching outside leg of the right-handed Harry Tector and moving away just enough to square the new batsman up. The next ball goes past the edge, too. Willey with 2-4 and threatening.
The first ball of the third over brings a second wicket. Willey pushes the ball a little wider, finds the edge and Bairstow does the rest. Ireland two down with only 13 balls bowled.
Saqib Mahmood from the other end who immediately gets some nice carry through to Bairstow behind the stumps. 85mph a decent lick for his first delivery, too.
Delany off the mark with a guided shot down to third-man. He has a remarkably high backlift, baseball style. One to keep an eye on.
Kevin Pietersen, on Sky commentary duties today, expressed his surprise before the match thatÂ Willey picks up so many wickets. The change of angle causing right-handers problems.
Stirling gets a couple with a mis-timed drive. Think he was aiming for mid-off, but ended up going through mid-wicket.Â
But he doesn’t last long, clipping the ball straight to Eoin Morgan at short midwicket. That’s a very disappointing end for a dangerous player.
This will be England’s first home ODI since the World Cup win over New Zealand at Lord’s last July, so plenty of reminiscing around their super over victory.
I implore you to read Nick Hoult’s piece on how England went from white-ball no-hopes to World Cup winners.
Eoin Morgan says the pitch looks good. England, he says, will rotate their squad during these one-day internationals.Â
Eoin Morgan believes Englandâs one-day depth is better than ever as their 2023 World Cup qualification campaign begins with a three-match series against Ireland,Â Tim Wigmore reports.
âThere is such a big pool of players who are unbelievably talented,â Morgan said ahead of Englandâs first ODI against Ireland at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.
âYes, we donât know whether they will succeed in international cricket but you are comfortable selecting them in the squad for if you need them at any stage.â
Englandâs 14-man squad to play Ireland includes eight of their World Cup-winning squad, though Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Joe Root are all absent due to their involvement in Englandâs Test squad. Their absences mean that fringe players including exciting batsman Tom Banton and fast bowler Saqib Mahmood are in the squad.
Englandâs batting depth is such that Phil Salt, who blitzed a 58-ball 100 against Ireland for England Lions on Sunday, was omitted from the 14-man squad.
None of England’s Test players will feature in this series, but there are still some very familiar faces. Joe Denly could feature having moved to the white-ball bubble after the first Test against West Indies.
This is the first of three ODIs against Ireland. All will be taking place behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl, one of the bio-secure venues set up to ensure cricket can resume.
The other two matches take place on Saturday and next Tuesday. They are also all day-night matches, beginning at 2pm. More day than night at this time of year, of course.
Today also marksÂ the start of theÂ One Day Super League. But what on earth is that? Let our cricket reporter Tim Wigmore explain:
The top 13 nations â the 12 Full Members plus World Cricket League Championship winners Holland â will each play eight series of three ODIs against each other over two years, though Covid-19 may push that into 2023.Â
That means that all 13 countries will play 24 ODIs in the league. Each win is worth 10 points, with five each for a tie or a game being abandoned. The ICC has decided against a finals series.
The top seven â plus hosts India â will reach the 2023 World Cup. The remaining teams will then enter a final qualification tournament with leading Associate countries.
The bottom-ranked team out of the 13 could be relegated to WCL Division Two, with the winners of that tournament â which includes Scotland â being promoted, with details still being finalised.
Rain interrupted recent Test matches against the West Indies, but no worries on that front today. Sunny all afternoon and dry into the evening. Between zero and one per cent chance of rain in Southampton for the rest of the day.
I’ll be taking you through the hour ahead of play and the first hour of action, before handing over to my colleague Rob Bagchi.
The weather is glorious and hopefully we are set for a run-filled and entertaining few hours.Â
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie is convinced England remain a “dangerous animal” even though they will be without several of their World Cup stars during the Royal London series.
Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood are all absent for the three day-night one-day internationals at the Ageas Bowl because of their Test commitments.
However, the aggressive mindset that led to England’s historic triumph last year has trickled down, as evidenced by Sussex opener Phil Salt flaying a 58-ball hundred for the Lions against Ireland last weekend.
Salt’s innings was not enough to earn selection to a 14-man squad for a series which gets under way on Thursday, highlighting the batting reserves England are able to summon.
And Balbirnie said: “You just have to look at the Lions game and Phil Salt’s hundred was outstanding batting.
“The way (England captain) Eoin Morgan’s brought this team forward with this exciting brand of cricket, I think that’s probably had a knock-on effect in county cricket.
“Everyone trying to get into the England team has to bat at that sort of a tempo so you do get that sort of competition for places and anyone who does come in plays that sort of game.
“It is a dangerous animal, there are people with points to prove in this team for England, we’ve just got to make sure we do our things as well as we can and stop them from showcasing how good they are.”
The task facing Ireland ahead of their date with the world champions was emphasised when a largely second-string Lions outfit chased down 297 with more than 15 overs to spare.
Balbirnie said: “There’s no doubt about it that the batters the England squad have available to them are world class and they have this over-aggressive way when they come and bat.
“It’s great for the spectator to watch but it certainly puts our bowlers under the pump. Hopefully our guys can put that out of their mind, go out and enjoy themselves and do their skills.”
The series marks the start of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, a two-year tournament involving the 12 full member nations and Holland which serves as part of the qualification process towards the next 50-over World Cup.
While Ireland will avoid Australia, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Balbirnie knows sealing direct entry to India 2023 through the competition will be extremely difficult.
But given the circumstances of the past few months, with the coronavirus pandemic threatening to wipe out the entirety of Ireland’s summer schedule, Balbirnie is content just to get back on to the field.
He added: “It’s World Cup qualification and my aim when I came (in as captain) was to qualify for that World Cup.
“First and foremost the Super League is our opportunity to get in, it’s going to be super tough, it will be this team’s greatest achievement if we qualify through the top seven. We’ve got a lot of tough cricket to play.
“But first and foremost we’ve got these three games which I didn’t think we’d have so we’re going to go out with a smile on our face and the sun shining down here, it will be a great occasion for cricket.”
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