Date & Time: Tuesday, August 04, 18:30 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
The series might be over but both teams have enough reasons to go hard at each other with ODI Super League points at stake. After a comprehensive win in the series opener, the Eoin Morgan-led side continued their momentum as they wrapped up the second encounter with a 4-wicket win and in the process sealed a series win as well.
In the two ODIs that have been played so far, Ireland has managed to put England under pressure for a brief period of time with the ball, although they have not been able to sustain that pressure long enough.
England would be happy with the way Sam Billings and David Willey have played on their comeback trail. Both of them had missed out on World Cup selection due to different reasons but seem to have returned with a point to prove.
Ireland, on the contrary, would want their experienced players to come to the fore and make a mark in the third ODI. The youngsters have played some decent cricket for the visitors in this series but the lack of contribution elsewhere has made Ireland easy fodder for England.
For the final ODI, Ireland will focus on their senior batsmen stepping up while Morgan will warn his side against complacency and will expect them to be ruthless, especially after the lower middle order was needed to bail out the side in the second ODI. All in all, yet another quality contest is at the store to put fans on the edge of their seats.
Well, one can expect a lot of changes for this game with series already in the basket of England. Eoin Morgan and England may give Liam Livingstone, who replaced the injured Joe Denly, a look in. Lewis Gregory could also return to the side in place of Saqib Mahmood as England look to rotate their youngsters. Liam Dawson is another Englishman yet to feature in the series who may be given an opportunity to impress in the final. Sadly, Reece Topley is out for the next couple of weeks with a groin injury.
Meanwhile, William Porterfield, the former Ireland captain, could be in line for a recall given their struggles against the new ball in the first two games of the series. The young Campher has scored half-centuries in his first two innings’ in international cricket and could be in for a promotion in the batting order as skipper Andy Balbirnie hinted. All in all, this contest is expected to witness quite a few changes.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (WK), James Vince, Tom Banton/Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan(C), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid/Liam Dawson, Tom Curran, Saqib Mohammed
Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany/William Porterfield, Andy Balbirnie (C), Kevin O Brien, Tector, Gary Wilson/Tucker (WK), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh/Dockrell, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little.
So far, the pitch has offered assistance to the batsman in second innings while bowlers enjoyed spongy bounce in the first innings. It is expected to be similar again but the use of new strip might see batsman getting an advantage. Traditionally, the venue has always been supportive to the batsman but the players need to apply themselves in order to get things right.
Total matches – 30
Matches won batting first – 14
Matches won bowling first – 14
Average 1st Inns scores – 244
Average 2nd Inns scores – 212
The lively batsman showed his mettle in the previous game with his splendid knock during the chase. He is once again expected to be a top-contributor with the bat for England, which is why, we have added him as our ‘Must Have’ player. He got PPM of 73 in last five games with an MDTA of 1.67.
Well, the all-rounder has made a solid return to the team with his brilliant show in the first couple of games. It is a no-brainer to have him as one of our must-haves for this game. He has got PPM of 74 in last five games.
The experienced spinner showed why he is an asset for England. He troubled Ireland with his brilliance and made them look like club-level batsmen with his mastery. He is once again expected to be the go-to man for Morgan. He has PPM of 50 in his ODI career.
He has been the find of the series for Ireland. His right technique to deal England pacer and spinners has yielded him success in both games and also playing a key role with the ball. As we expect him to get a promotion in the batting order, we put him in our must-haves.
A player like Eoin Morgan is always a big bet player. Whenever he gets going, it is pretty normal for him to make it a big one. He is already in fine form with the bat as well. All he needs is an opportunity to bat higher in the order.
It is unfortunate that Paul Stirling is failing to make an impact for his side. He looked pretty solid in his defence in both games but somehow failed to get a big score under his belt. However, he will look to come good in the final ODI.
Well, there is no introduction required for a player like Jason Roy, who has already proven his worth to the world. He failed to make his opportunity count in the first couple of games but he is expected to make the most in the final ODI.
The all-rounder is our notable miss for this game, as he is failing to deliver with the ball and also batting pretty down the order. So, we suggest to ignore him for this game.