The third test of England against Ireland gets underway on Monday, with both sides looking to end the series on a high. It has been a challenging test to this point for the Irish but will they be able to end the series with a momentous victory at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground?
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England have been in excellent form over the past year when it comes to ODI. Let’s not forget, they are the defending world champions in the code after beating New Zealand in one of the most thrilling cricket events in the history of the sport. The players have remained close to that level since, and the majority of the squad came into this fixture against Ireland having played a part in a test success against the West Indies. England were able to finally recover to win that test 2-1, despite slipping to a defeat in the opening test.
They were finally able to get the job done in the final test, as England won by 269 runs. That form has continued into this test against the Irish, as England capped a superb performance from the first game to win by six wickets. Ben Stokes wasn’t playing in that first test, as England were led from the bat by Sam Billings who scored a fantastic 67 without being struck out. Eoin Morgan also wasn’t out in that first test as he scored 36. James Vince was the third-highest scorer for England in that match as he scored 25 runs.
No doubt Ireland would have been disappointed with their performance in that opening match as they struggled with the bad. Gareth Delany fared better as he scored 22 runs from the balls that he faced. Andy McBrine also played well as he recorded 40 runs before he was struck out. Curtis Campher was doing much of the heavy lifting for the Irish as he ended the opening test with 59 runs, and was the only Irish batsman not to be struck out by the lethal England bowling.
David Willey was called player of the match in that game, as he took a five-wicket haul to claim the win for England. Craig Young, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling were among the five Irish players that Willey was able to get out. Ireland will have to be much better in this third and final test to get any joy from a relentless England.
England vs Ireland Head To Head
The overall record between the sides doesn’t make for good reading for the Irish, as they have recorded just one win in 12 meetings against England. That success came back in March 2011, which highlights just how big of a challenge this is for Ireland at the Rose Bowl.
England vs Ireland Prediction
This could be another challenging afternoon for the Irish, and there difficulties are shown by the 9.00 odds being offered by BetXChange for them to win. It’s hard to see past another England win to bring the series to a close.