England is set to take on Ireland in the 2nd match after stunning Afghanistan in the first game. England is an experienced side and has chances to push Ireland in today’s match.
If the England team manages to throw down Ireland today, they will come back with more momentum and confidence in the face off against Australia and New Zealand. From now on, Australia will need to win each game to qualify for the semi-finals.
In the first match, the England squad played at a great pace, marking an impressive gameplay. Now, they’ll amp up their chances against the batting lineup that was wobbled by Sri Lankans. Stirling has been in the groove in the last two matches but Andrew Balbirnie needs to be good with his bat.
On the other side, there still hasn’t come that time where the fans could see the cumulative efforts of Irish batters in the tournament. Against the likes of Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and the great Sam Curran, it would be tough for the Irish team if the MCG provided the same pace and bounce as it was in the high-octane Ind-Pak clash.
Ben Stokes will also be under a lot of pressure and would need some runs before the major upcoming matches. Tweaking the lineup, he appears in the 4th position that hasn’t been fruitful for the team yet as per the latest cricket updates.
Date & Time – October 26, 15:00 Local, 9:30 AM IST
Venue – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Words By Ireland Coach
Ireland coach, Heinrich Malan said, ‘I think we all know it’s not only him in this tournament that bowls at a rapid pace. There’s quite a few guys that can bowl nice and quickly, and we haven’t necessarily faced that or we don’t necessarily prepare for that on a day-to-day basis, but that’s the challenge that’s in front of us, and again, as an international side we need to adapt. We need to be ahead of the game in terms of what’s coming towards us, and hopefully we can through our preparation and planning make sure we go out there and execute.’
Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Philip Salt, Chris Jordan, David Willey, and Tymal Mills.
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(w), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Stephen Doheny, Conor Olphert, Graham Hume, and Fionn Hand.
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