REVEAL: England will AT THE SAME TIME deploy two different squads with three ODIs against Ireland sandwiched between Test-series’ against West Indies and Pakistan during the hectic summer schedule
- England’s 50-strong team will face Ireland at Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and 4
- The final of the three games is only 24 hours before the first English test against Pakistan
- A maximum of 22 players are expected for Test cricket in Manchester
- English voters will engage much of the 55-strong training group
England will lead two completely different squadrons next month with three one-day internationals against Ireland sandwiched between the Test series versus the West Indies and Pakistan.
Eoin Morgan’s world champion 50-over team takes on his native Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and August 4, the final of the three games just 24 hours before the first test between England and Pakistan starts in Emirates Old Trafford.
With an expected 22 players on Test cricket in Manchester, this means that earlier this summer the English voters will appeal to a huge percentage of the 55-strong group chosen for an extensive international training camp.
England has a busy summer ahead, both on the Test and the one-day international front
Ireland will arrive here on July 18 with plans to play intra-group games and a warm-up against an England Lions team.
Andy Balbirnie’s last move came in March when they were beaten 2-0 by Afghanistan in a Twenty20 series in India.
Part of the Irish squad could then remain in England to participate in the Twenty20 Blast – played mainly in September, with final day in Edgbaston on the 26th of the month – as most counties have canceled or postponed contracts with foreign players.
Paul Stirling has already been signed by Northamptonshire as an overseas player, but Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and rising star Gareth Delany – a big, legendary all-rounder – are sure to come in for cheap alternatives.
Eoin Morgan’s ODI side takes on Ireland in the Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and August 4