England vs Ireland LIVE: Depleted hosts firm favourites

After successful completion of the Test series against the West Indies, international white ball cricket also takes the England route for the return of the white ball cricket amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

First game of the three-match series between England and Ireland will be played today (Thursday) at the at The Rose Bowl stadium, Southampton.

The match will also mark the beginning of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, the qualifying event for the ICC World Cup 2023 in India. Ireland will be launching their bid to qualify for the World Cup.

England though have returned to international cricket with the home Test series with the West Indies, they will be playing limited overs cricket for the first time ever since winning the ICC World Cup 2019.

The home team will be missing six players from the World Cup champion squad as they have been named to the Test squad that will be taking on Pakistan at home from August 5. Despite that the home team looks a formidable combine to  demolish the Irish challenge.

The matches will be played in a bio-secure bubble, without fans in empty stadium.

All the three ODIs of the series will be played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The second ODI is scheduled for August 1 and the third and last on August 4, a day before the Three Lions start the Test series against Pakistan.

Squads:
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali (VC), Jonny Bairstow (WK), Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, James Vince and David Willey.
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Paul Stirling (VC), Lorcan Tucker (WK), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector and Craig Young.

LIVE BROADCAST

The match scheduled to start at 6:30 pm India time will be broadcast LIVE on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD. Fans can also catch LIVE streaming on SonyLIV,  Airtel TV and Jio TV.

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