Brief glimpse encourages Taylor
Published 08/05/2015 | 17:46
England's five debutants had little more than an hour to impress before rain cut short their big day in Dublin, but did enough to please captain James Taylor.
Only 18 overs were possible in the one-off Royal London one-day international at Malahide CC, where Taylor marked his first match in charge by winning the toss before bad weather ended the contest with Ireland on 56 for four.
A miserable forecast proved very accurate, and there was never any chance of resumption before a 3pm abandonment.
By then, though, there was a maiden international wicket each for Mark Wood and David Willey - and slip catches too for James Vince and Jason Roy, both fellow new boys in this format.
Play continued through half an hour of rain which then became too heavy, and did not relent throughout the afternoon - with the venue gradually emptied as a near 10,000 sell-out crowd accepted the inevitable.
Taylor could only voice his disappointment that the occasion was ruined by bad weather, but was delighted to see England's latest call-ups make the most of what little opportunity they had.
"The guys all performed exceptionally well up top, and did exactly what they needed to do," he said.
"The pitch obviously offered plenty of assistance ... and we got off to a great start.
"The guys did all they could really in the limited amount of time they could express themselves."
He was pleased too to see the returning Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn demonstrate they are in decent form with the ball.
"Mark and Willey got a wicket. Bressie was exceptional as well, and Finny bowled well at the end."
Taylor's opposite number William Porterfield chopped on to the pace of Wood, and said: "He can be quite a skiddy bowler, and obviously he's got good skills.
"He can swing it both ways - and looking down the line, playing on more abrasive surfaces, I think 'reverse' is a great skill he's going to have as well, and something England will obviously utilise in the future."
As for Ireland, who still have so few chances to test themselves against Test-playing opposition outside of global tournaments, Porterfield was not inclined to be too critical of their struggles in awkward conditions.
"We knew it was obviously going to do a bit ... but it wasn't in any way a bad wicket," he added.
"We were four down pretty quickly, but I wouldn't say the wicket contributed to a lot of the dismissals.
"We nicked a few ... and it's just kind of petered out into one of those days."