Our prediction is England to win the Match!
Host England will be looking to get off to a good start in their home season when they take on Ireland in the one-off Test at Lords in London on Wednesday.
Captain Joe Root will be hoping that the side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball. Despite winning their maiden Cricket World Cup a week ago, England has certainly struggled to produce good results in red-ball cricket. They lost their previous series played against West Indies earlier this year.
On the other hand, Ireland will be determined to deliver a decent show in this one-off Test. Captain William Porterfield will be hoping that the side can raise their overall game in order to compete against England in this contest.
The home side has made changes to their squad as Jason Roy, Lewis Gregory and Ollie Stone have been selected for the one-off Test against Ireland. Opening batsman Jason Roy is all set to make his Test debut against Ireland at Lords on Wednesday. The swashbuckling opener played an instrumental role in helping England win their maiden World Cup at home. Roy will be looking to make an impression with the bat in his debut game against Ireland.
Rory Burns will be given an opportunity to showcase his talent in this game as well. The opener has shown signs of grit and determination in red-ball cricket. England will be hoping that he can register a big score in this game.
Captain Joe Root is a standout performer for the side in red-ball cricket. He will be looking to put in a big score for England in this one-off Test. Wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow is another bankable performer for the side in Test match cricket. He has been a prolific run-scorer for the side in the five-day format. The team management will be hoping that he can deliver runs with the bat in this game.
Veteran pacer James Anderson has been ruled out of the one-off Test due to a calf injury. Anderson will be replaced by Olly Stone, who is all set to make his debut for England at Lords. Stone is certainly the quickest bowler in the English County Championship and has produced impressive numbers with 123 wickets in 36 matches at a strike rate of 44.9. The selectors will be hoping that Stone can make a big impact in this game ahead of the Ashes series.
Moeen Ali and Jack Leach will be two spin options for the side against Ireland. Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Olly Stone will be premier pace options for this one-off Test.
Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack Leach.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Rory Burns, CR Woakes, Olly Stone, Jack Leach
The visitors will be looking to put in a decent performance with bat and ball against England at Lords. Captain William Porterfield will be hoping that the side can do their basics well and push England in this contest.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien to produce the bulk of the runs. Kevin O’Brien has topped the batting charts for the side in red-ball cricket and will be keen to deliver runs with the bat against England.
Andrew Balbirnie has been a consistent performer for Ireland over the past couple of years. He will be looking to put in a big score for the side against England. Captain William Porterfield will need to lead from the front and produce a notable score for the side in this one-off Test. Porterfield has the experience to eke out a score in English conditions.
Paul Stirling, James McCollum and wicket-keeper Shane Poynter will need to produce runs for the side in this contest. Stirling needs to play his shots and get Ireland off to a good start against England.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on their new-ball pair of Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin to deliver crucial breakthroughs. Craig Young and Mark Adair might make their Test debuts for Ireland in this game.
William Porterfield(captain), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, James McCollum, Kevin O Brien, Gary Wilson(wk), Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young, Mark Adair.
James McCollum, Kevin O'Brien, Mark Richard Adair, Andy McBrine, SR Thompson, GC Wilson, WTS Porterfield, Paul Stirling, WB Rankin, Tim Murtagh, Andy Balbirnie
The newly prepared wicket is going to have something for the bowlers with the new ball. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is going to be partly cloudy.
Lords Cricket Ground in London is going to host the one-off Test between Ireland and England. In recent times, England has a decent record at the venue. The home side registered a comfortable win over India in their previous game played at Lords.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and put runs on the board. The wicket will deteriorate as game goes on in the Test match.
Host England will be firm favorites to win this one-off Test against Ireland. The side has quality players like Joe Root, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow in their ranks and will be looking to deliver something special in this game. Expect England to beat Ireland by a comfortable margin.