On a balmy summer’s evening on the south coast, Ireland chased an historic target in the final ODI to earn a consolation victory against England. Kevin O’Brien and Harry Tector saw Ireland home. England captain Eoin Morgan will have learnt more in defeat against Ireland than victory about his team.
As with any contest, England are left with winners and invariably some losers.
Two accomplished innings from the Kent batsman appears to have finally announced his prodigious talent on the international stage. Billings is solid in technique and confident in execution. A fine series.
While he hit just the one 50, Banton is at home in England colours. The Somerset opener played out of position in the middle order but he is well balanced at the crease and plays with intent. An exciting international career assuredly awaits. It will be interesting to see if he stays in the middle-order or is seen as a back-up opener.
The player of the series and thoroughly deserved. He tormented the Ireland openers in the first two games and scored valuable lower runs throughout. The Yorkshire left armer has put the disappointment of last year’s World Cup ommission behind him.
David Willey is testament to a year being a long time in sport. He had a superb England v Ireland ODI series. Whether he can force his way back into England’s ODI starting eleven is a different issue. England currently are spoilt for choices in the all-rounders department. Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran can all contribute well with the bat. Then of course, there is Ben Stokes.
There is a touch of dejà vu about Vince in international cricket. He certainly looks the part. His expansive cover drives can be glorious but sadly this is also his achilles heel. Far too often Vince gets a start only for his middle stump to tumble or the umpire to raise his finger. Vince had an opportunity to make a mark for England against Ireland but failed to capitalise on starts.
The Worcestershire all-rounder struggled to score runs down the order. Moeen is a confidence batsman and he appears to have little of it at present. In the third ODI, as vice captain, he deputised in the field for an injured Eoin Morgan, only for Ireland to chase the largest ever total against England in England. Moeen also finished wicketless in the series, a series he will be glad is over.
Roy has struggled since the World Cup. The Surrey man would be wise to remember patience is a virtue. His shot in the final ODI was a meek prod outside of off stump. An infuriating way for any opener to get out. He struggled for England against Ireland but he remains an integral part of the ODI and T20 squads.
England are not scheduled to play their next ODI until October and a limited overs only tour of India (Covid-19 permitting). After the Ireland series, the selectors will have plenty of deliberation, decisions and difficult phone calls to make.