It is safe to say that cricket is back by all means with white ball cricket making its return with England taking on their neighbors Ireland in the first of three match ODI series at The Rose Bowl, Southampton where all the 3 ODIs are scheduled to take place.
The visitors were asked to bat first by the England captain Eoin Morgan who won the toss and what looked like a batting paradise turned into a graveyard for Ireland as the left arm pacer in David Willey demolished Ireland with 4 quick wickets
The proud defending champions in England are playing their 1st ODI game after lifting the trophy at Lord’s last years. England are playing with relatively fringe players as their first choice players in Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood all have been not picked after the grueling test series against West Indies and they have been given the deserving rest before the all important Pakistan series.
The left-arm fast bowling all rounder in David Willey who has been given an opportunity in the absence of top-tier players, bowled brilliantly to break the game for Ireland with his new ball spell.
There wasn’t much movement on offer nor the pitch was helping the bowlers to a greater extent but Ireland batters weren’t batting to their potential.
One of the seasoned campaigners for Ireland and the former captain in William Porterfield and the veteran fast bowler in Boyd Rankin have been overlooked for the first ODI as Ireland are desperate to build a team for their future. The all-rounder Curtis Campher and the middle order batsman in Harry Tector made their debuts in this game.
This series also comes under the ODI super league which acts as a qualifier for the 2023 world cup hosted by India. So there is all to play for both the teams.