REVEALED: England to field two different squads at the SAME TIME during hectic summer schedule with three ODIs against Ireland sandwiched between Test series’ against West Indies and Pakistan
- England’s 50-over team take on Ireland at Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and 4
- Final of the three fixtures is just 24 hours before England’s first Test vs Pakistan
- Up to 22 players are expected to be on duty for Test cricket in Manchester
- England selectors will call upon a huge percentage of the 55-man training group
England are set to run two completely different squads simultaneously next month with three one-day internationals against Ireland wedged in between the Test series versus West Indies and Pakistan.
Eoin Morgan’s world champion 50-over team will take on the country of his birth at the Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and August 4, the final of the three fixtures just 24 hours before the first Test between England and Pakistan begins at Emirates Old Trafford.
With up to 22 players expected to be on duty for Test cricket in Manchester, it means that the England selectors will call upon a huge percentage of the 55-man group chosen for an extended international training camp earlier this summer.
There is a busy summer ahead for England both on the Test and one-day international front
Ireland are set to arrive here on July 18 with plans in place to play intra-squad matches as well as a warm-up fixture against an England Lions team.
Andy Balbirnie’s side’s last action came in March when they were defeated 2-0 by Afghanistan in a Twenty20 series in India.
Some of the Irish squad could then stay on in England to feature in the Twenty20 Blast – which is to be predominantly played in September, with finals day at Edgbaston set for the 26th of the month – as the majority of counties have scrubbed or postponed contracts with overseas players.
Paul Stirling has already been signed as an overseas player by Northamptonshire but Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and rising star Gareth Delany – a big-hitting, leg-spinning all-rounder – are all sure to appeal as cheap alternatives.
Eoin Morgan’s ODI side will take on Ireland at the Ageas Bowl on July 30, August 1 and August 4