England's injured Denly to miss rest of ODI series with Ireland

Ross Houston
August 5, 2020

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow equalled the record for England's fastest ODI fifty and guided the hosts to a second consecutive victory over Ireland to clinch the series.

Ireland were skittled for 172 in the opening game, though skipper Andrew Balbirnie still opted to bat after winning the toss.

Andrew Balbirnie and Harry Tector looked to settle things down, and saw off both opening bowlers before the former fell to an innocuous delivery from James Vince - who was bowling for the first time in his white ball global career, and for just the seventh time in List A matches.

Rashid then took centre stage for England, bamboozling Kevin O'Brien (3) with a googly before both Harry Tector (28) and Lorcan Tucker (21) fell to the wrist-spinner.

Reece Topley: The 26-year old fast bowler will be playing global cricket for the first time since ICC World Twenty20 2016. The visitors got off to a dream start with the ball as Craig Young sent Jason Roy back to the pavilion without a run on the board.

Curtis Campher again rescued Ireland from a top-order collapse, with his 68 following the South Africa-born all-rounder's 59 not out on debut on Thursday.

A "revved up" Jonny Bairstow put the disappointment of his Test axe behind him as he equalled the England record for the fastest one-day worldwide fifty during the world champions' four-wicket, series-clinching, win over Ireland in Saturday's second one-day global at Southampton. His tempo was really good.He has also impressed with the ball. Billings ended with an unbeaten 46 and Willey was 47 not out. The spinner has achieved the feat in his 102nd ODI for England.

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