IRE vs ENG Dream11 Team: England look to get preparations underway for the Ashes series while Ireland get ready to play one of their most colossal match till date .
With the Cricket World Cup beyond us now, for champions England, the focus shifts to the longest and oldest format of the game. With the revered Ashes series looming, the English side turn to a test match against Ireland starting today to test out their potential squad for the upcoming encounter with Australia.
Having named their 13 man squad for the sole test against Ireland, England’s captain Joe Root went onto confirm the identity of the playing 11 a day before the encounter. The move followed a shift in type by the English and Australian outfits who have in recent times taking to announcing their playing teams for test matches before the toss itself.
And the home side’s playing line-up sees two players making their debut in the test cricket arena for the country with pacer Olly Stone and Jason picked up by the side for this match. For Olly, the encounter against Ireland is a massive chance to impress and nail down his spot in England’s Ashes series squad as the bowler returns to the English setup after sustaining a back injury that forced him back from England’s visit of West Indies last year.
Another player who the English side have turned to as they look to add depth to their batting unit infront of a dauntless Australian bowling unit is Surrey captain Rory Burns with the opener slated to open in this match. He’s impressed massively in the domestic arena, scoring some stellar knocks in the County Championship Division 2 and will be looking to repose the faith placed in him.
While for England the focus on this test match will be to test out their new players and try to hammer down on the best plausible combination, for Ireland this match is of paramount importance owing to entirely different reasons. Having had to endure a long and tedious fight to gain full membership from the ICC in the test cricket circuit in 2017, this match will be Ireland’s only third ever test match and undoubtedly the most momentous till date.
“Test match cricket is what we’ve dreamed about – to play at the home of cricket against England is a pretty special occasion,” Ireland’s captain William Porterfield said.
“There’s going to be a massive opportunity for future generations of cricketers in Ireland to perform on the big stage. It’s right up there, if not the pinnacle for everything that’s been achieved with Irish cricket,” he added.
And with the side having been on the ascendancy after having missed out on qualifying for the CWC in the shorter formats of the game, they’ll be looking to resonate the same level of performances come England today. This is massive chance to put in some myriad displays and showcase to the world that the side needs to be spoken in the same breath as some of the best cricketing countries in the world.
IRE vs ENG Match Prediction
Something that particularly caught the eye on Tuesday in the build-up to the test match was the heavy covering of grass left on the surface. Although it’ll be heavily shortened down before the match today and with the incessant sun making the surface nice and hard, expect this to a track where the bowlers will immensely flourish.
And it’s this proposition which heavily titles the balance in England’s favour. While Ireland’s batting order is extremely well versed on succeeding in the trickiest of conditions, England’s depth paired with their exuberant pace department and spin duo should see them register a win in this one.
Wicket-Keeper for IRE vs ENG Dream11
England’s Jonny Bairstow comes in for us over here. He’s enjoyed a good time ever since the IPL, scoring runs in both the T20 and ODI format and should get a good score in test cricket arena as well.
Batsmen for IRE vs ENG Dream11
We are going ahead with a two man partnership from England for this fixture with captain Joe Root and new entrant, opener Rory Burns coming in for us. Root was in scintillating touch at the World cup, making a place for himself in the team of the tournament and his application, determination and resolve to craft out long, well worked innings are going to see him emerge as one of the highest run getters from this match.
Elsewhere the two picks from Ireland are of captain William Porterfield and Paul Stirling. Ever since Ireland have entered the cricketing fraternity, these two have been the mainstays of their batting line-up, two names who know fully well what it takes to succeed on the big stage.
All-Rounders for IRE vs ENG Dream11
One player we had to get in from England when we entered this facet was Sam Curran. The young name saw himself hammer down a spot for himself in England’s test playing side last year after impressing massively against India, encapsulating his skill set with both the bat and ball.
And ever since then, Curran has been on a massive uprise in the fraternity, earning laurels for his all-round contributions. Spinner Moeen Ali also comes in with England’s decision to pick a duo of spinning options for this one promising adequate purchase from the wicket for the slower bowlers.
From Ireland we have picked up Mark Adair to come in for us from the side and become the lone pick from the side for this match.
Bowling Order for IRE vs ENG Dream11
We’ll begin with the picks from England with their new ball bowlers, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad coming in for us. In the absence of James Anderson who failed to recover in time from an injury for this encounter, the English side will heavily rely on this duo to come in and give the side early breakthroughs against an Ireland bating unit which has the ability to bat for long hours once settled into its groove.
Completing our Dream 11 side will be Craig Young from Ireland.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have selected Joe Root to be our captain for this match while pacer Chris Woakes gets to be our vice-captain for this encounter.
Only England have confirmed their playing 11 for this one while Ireland’s team will be revealed only tomorrow at the toss.
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes
Dream 11 Advice
Our side is picked based on the best performers for each side with us picking up players based on their pivotal role and importance to the team paired with their recent performances, pitch conditions and roles in the side. With surface having a heavy grass cover, expect this to be a bowler friendly one despite the crackling sun which is going to treat it tomorrow.
England Vs Ireland Test Match
Match: England Vs Ireland
Date And Time: 24th June, Wednesday- 2:30pm IST
Venue: Lord’s, London
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