Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Gareth Delany, 8 Mark Adair, 9 Fionn Hand, 10 Barry McCarthy, 11 Josh Little .
England: 1 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood.
Morgan admits that, during the 2016 World Cup final, he didn’t help Stokes enough while in 2019 he helped Archer slow things down. Nonetheless, he was one of the greatest captains I’ve ever seen, in any sport – I can’t think of too many captains whose personal impact has been comparable.
The ODI series begins the day after the Test team arrived in Abu Dhabi to prepare for Pakistan – I really wish it wasn’t like this.
Eoin Morgan is a bit surprised England haven’t rested Chris Woakes or Mark Wood. The former, he says, often stiffens, and England need them to fire for the upcoming Australia and New Zealand matches. On the England pitch, he says against Afghanistan they made half chances look easy and can achieve it because they train longer and harder than anyone else in England. ‘other. That kind of thing can turn big games around.
Buttler might be wrong when he said he left for his strongest team, later revising this to the strongest team for the situation.
Balbernie would have been the first in the field, because with a bit of rain and also in general, he thinks it can be easier to hunt. His team had a great time in Hobart but are delighted to be the first Irish team to play the G and create new fond memories; they make a change, Fionn Hand replacing Simi Singh.
He says cloudy conditions were the reason for his decision, his side put up a great level of play against Afghanistan and England were not changed.
Sky just advertised their channel by showing images of Ben Stokes backed by the commentary “Coupe for four”. Yes, they literally stripped Nasser of his first “Cut away”; I called Interpol.
It doesn’t take much for sports fans to get lost in nostalgia – and, let’s be real, given the absolute State things, we could be forgiven for diving into an idealized pool the way things once were… if it didn’t have so much to do with getting here in the first place. But it is nevertheless impossible to conceive of an Ireland-England World Cup match without returning to Bengaluru in March 2011, when Kevin Pietersen scored 59, Jonathan Trott 92 and Ian Bell 81… only for Kevin O’Brien to play the one of the big innings, 113 from 73, to help Ireland go home by three wickets with five balls to spare.
Much has changed since then; most notably, England learned to play limited overs cricket. But when it comes to T20, that doesn’t always matter: of all the sports in the world, only MMA can claim to be so unpredictable. In the latter, it’s because there are so many ways to complete a contest and finish it quickly, which is kind of the case with the former as well. Cricket has always been an individual sport played by teams – and so has MMA in its own way, given the propensity for fighters to use the word “we” when talking about submitting to barely believable punishment – and in the shortest form, a brilliant hit or spell can render everything else useless. Ask Ben Stokes.
So what about today’s game? Well, England are getting there in terrific form, having edged Pakistan in one of the big series and then beaten Australia, Pakistan again and Afghanistan last month. But Ireland are there too, having knocked out the West Indies to reach this stage, and although they were well beaten by Sri Lanka in their Super 12 opener, both sides know they are one step away. Kevin O’Brien’s sleeve to shock the world. .
Play: 3:00 p.m. local, 5:00 a.m. BST