Just over a week after their maiden World Cup win at Lord’s, England will shift focus to red-ball cricket and regaining the Ashes, starting with a four-day Test match (July 24-27) at the Home of Cricket against Ireland.
The England vs Ireland Test is being telecast live in India, with Sony ESPN airing the first meeting of these two teams in white clothing. The first ball is scheduled to be bowled at 15:30 IST. Sony Pictures Network hold England cricket broadcasting rights in the sub-continent, albeit the ongoing T20 Blast isn’t being aired on any of their channels.
This will be Ireland’s third Test after becoming an ICC Full Member in June 2017, having played Pakistan at The Village in Dublin in May 2018 and against Afghanistan, another new Full Member, in Dehradun in March 2019. They have lost both those fixtures, though we mustn’t forget that they gave an established Pakistan side a run for their money in their maiden Test match on home soil.
England, on the other hand, will be upbeat on the back of becoming the world champion, but this will be a test of their adaptability more than anything else. Jason Roy has earned his maiden call-up to the national Test side, while the selectors have named an under-strength squad for this one-off Test. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are among the first-choice names who aren’t part of the XIII for the Ireland Test.
This will be the second official four-day Test as well, after South Africa played Zimbabwe at home in December 2017. That was a day-night Test played at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and ended inside two days.