England vs Ireland | Ireland win toss, opt to bat first

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2020

England batsman Joe Denly has been ruled out of the remaining two one-day internationals against Ireland through injury, with Liam Livingstone taking his place, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.

Balbirnie chose to bat even though Ireland were skittled out for 172 in a six-wicket loss to world champions England in the first ODI of a three-match series at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire's headquarters, on Saturday.

David Willey finished with brilliant figures of five for 30 to help England bundle out the visitors cheaply for 172 runs. If England manages to win the ongoing second ODI against Ireland, then the side will gain an unassailable lead in the three-match series.

Ireland has lost the injured Barry McCarthy for the rest of the series, and picked medium-pacer Josh Little.

The 34-year-old has failed to recover and will be replaced in the squad by Lancashire's Livingstone, who is one of three reserves for the series.

England made one change to their side, with left-arm paceman Topley recalled for his first global since the 2016 T20 World Cup following career-threatening back problems in place of Tom Curran.

Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Paul Stirling (vice-captain), Curtis Campher, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

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