It is a short window between now and the 30th of May for the teams to get some of the groove leading into the World Cup. 19 games will be played during this window, all of them in United Kingdom, understandably so.
The first of it is a one-off ODI between Ireland and England. Ireland might not be a part of World Cup contingency but they have everything that could ruffle the feathers of the number one side in the format. England are stuck in their own sandstorm, trying to keep the team away from the morale being deflated.
With Hales opening up the Pandora’s box, it would seem there is more than one player who are now hopeful of slotting themselves into the position. Jofra Archer will be the biggest talking point, making his debut for England. Chris Jordan will push hard. Some one’s hard luck is some one’s good luck. Ben Foakes, James Vince and Dawid Malan all will try to prove their best for one last shot.
9 – The number of ODIs the teams played each other so far. Dominated by England with seven wins, Ireland’s only win came in Bengaluru during the 2011 World Cup.
79 – The number of players who were part of this contest in the past. Many new faces will feature for the first time during this contest.
271 and 264– Skippers Morgan and Porterfield lead the most runs scored charts for their respective teams in this contest.
10– Most wickets taken in the contest between the two teams by John Mooney of Ireland. He was a part of six contests and bowled in four innings.
2– The number of games played at Dublin (Malahide). England won one of the games by six games back in 2013. The other game disrupted due to bad weather
(Metrics are based on the player performance during 2019. no metrics indicate the players did not participate in any game during 2019. )