ODI Series: Game 2
Stadium: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United Kingdom
23rd September 2023.
England will be facing off against Ireland in the second of the three-game ODI Series being played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, United Kingdom. The first game of the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Who will win this game and the tournament?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
The management of the English cricket team has opted to provide rest to some of their regular players for this series. This reshaped England squad will be under the leadership of Zak Crawley. Interestingly, the lineup includes three players who have yet to make their debut in international cricket. Captain Crawley himself has participated in only three one-day international matches, amassing 97 runs with an impressive average of 48.50 and a strike rate of 114. This series presents a fantastic opportunity for Crawley to stake his claim as a consistent one-day international batsman for England.
An exciting prospect to keep an eye on during the series is the uncapped Sam Hain, particularly in the middle-order batting role. Hain boasts one of the finest List A cricket averages at 57.96. Over time, he has diversified his batting style, evolving into a versatile batsman capable of handling both quick bowlers and spinners skillfully.
Another player of note is Phil Salt, who has made substantial contributions in his 14 one-day international appearances, accumulating 460 runs with an impressive average of 38.33 and a noteworthy strike rate of 125.
While Joe Root made his return to the England team for the first one-day international, it is unlikely that he will feature in the second game, as there are expectations that he will be granted a break from international duties to rest.
The bowling department sees the inclusion of new faces such as George Scrimshaw and Brydon Carse, alongside the more familiar international bowlers like Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, and Luke Wood. Handling the spin bowling responsibilities will be Rehan Ahmed.
Zak Crawley (c), Ben Duckett, Phil Salt (wk), Harry Brook, Sam Hain, Jamie Smith, Rehan Ahmed, Luke Wood, George Scrimshaw, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts
The lineup assembled by the Ireland team management for the series against England displays significant strength. Paul Stirling has been entrusted with the leadership role and comes into this series in good form, having amassed 346 runs in his last 10 international matches.
The opening duties for the team will be shared between the skipper Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, the former captain. Balbirnie has been a regular presence in one-day matches, featuring in 13 games this year alone, where he has contributed 363 runs at an average of 36.39, albeit with a relatively modest strike rate of 73.33.
Curtis Campher is set to occupy the number three position in the batting order for this series, and his presence has been vital in the Irish middle order. He is expected to make valuable contributions throughout the series. Another key figure in the Irish batting lineup is Harry Tector, a consistent middle-order batsman who has maintained an impressive average of nearly 49 in his last 10 outings for Ireland.
Taking charge of the bowling attack for Ireland will be Josh Little and Mark Adair, both adept at handling the new ball. The conditions at the Nottingham venue are likely to favor these skilled bowlers. Mark Adair, in particular, stands out with 20 wickets in his last 10 games for Ireland, boasting a commendable strike rate of 24.4.
It's worth noting that despite Ireland's historically poor record against England in ODIs, they did secure a victory in their most recent encounter back in 2020.
Ireland Predicted Lineup
Paul Stirling (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy
Expert betting tips
The pitch at Trent Bridge traditionally offers a hard and flat surface, ensuring consistent pace and bounce for batsmen. However, the presence of moisture and overcast conditions in the morning may provide assistance to the fast bowlers, especially those capable of swinging the ball. Nonetheless, it is anticipated that as the day progresses, the pitch will likely become flatter, making it less conducive to significant turn for most spinners. Mistakes in line and length by spinners could result in a batter's paradise, with the ball being dispatched all over the field.
Historically, the average score while batting first at this venue has been around 250 runs. The highest-ever score achieved here was an imposing 481 for 5 by England against Australia in 2018, a record for the highest one-day international total at the time until England surpassed it against the Dutch national team. Trent Bridge has witnessed scores exceeding 400 runs on two occasions, emphasizing its reputation as a batting-friendly ground. Therefore, any team batting first is likely to aim for a target exceeding 300 runs to feel secure in this high-scoring environment. Additionally, cloudy conditions are expected during the game. Ireland's cricket team has demonstrated commendable performance against England, despite being relatively new to international cricket. Their achievements include a notable victory against England in the T20 World Cup held last year in Melbourne. Furthermore, they emerged victorious in their most recent One Day International (ODI) encounter with England, where they successfully chased down a challenging total of 329 runs at The Ageas Bowl, securing an unexpected win. Key contributors to this victory, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie, are once again part of the current Irish squad.
Although the visitors may perceive an advantage over this less experienced team, the youthful English side exhibits considerable strength in both their batting and bowling departments. Consequently, we anticipate England securing victory in the upcoming match, thereby establishing an early lead in the series.