Ireland at England
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 24, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
England -2000 / Ireland +2600 / Draw +800
England and Ireland are set to play each other in a Test match at Lord’s in London.
This is set to be a big match for Irish cricket as it is the first time the team will be playing against one of the major cricketing nations. The last time that Ireland played Test cricket was in March when they were beaten by Afghanistan by 7 wickets. The batting was the biggest concern for Ireland in the match against Afghanistan as the team only managed 172 runs in their first innings. Ireland possesses some quality cricketers like Kevin O'Brien, George Dockrell, and Andrew Balbirnie but it is hard to see them competing against the quality of England.
Looking at this England side, many big-name players have been rested following their successful World Cup campaign. Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, and Jofra Archer are amongst the players who will not be playing in this match. The big inclusion for England is Jason Roy, who is expected to make his test debut in this match. Roy has been phenomenal for England in ODI cricket and he has been given a chance in this match following a hugely successful World Cup campaign. Other big names in this England squad include James Anderson, Joe Root, Stuart Broad, and Jonny Bairstow. With the Ashes only weeks away, England will be desperate to win this match and gain some momentum.
The conditions at Lord’s should favor pace bowling. Looking at recent country games on this ground, pace bowlers like Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Helm have had great success. Irish player, Tim Murtagh should be familiar with the conditions as he plays his cricket at Middlesex.
We should be treated to a good game of cricket since Ireland have proven that they have the ability to cause big upsets. That being said, I am going to pick England to win this match. Despite missing a number of key players, England still have their core players playing. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have both been in outstanding form and the addition of Jason Roy should ensure that this team has great batting depth. The bowling should also be good enough since Anderson and Broad are both playing. England have significantly more Test match experience and I see them being too strong for Ireland in this match.