Tuesday 17 October 2017

New-look England are washed out

James Taylor's England were beaten by the rain in Dublin
James Taylor's England were beaten by the rain in Dublin

Five England debutants had a short-lived one-day international baptism in Dublin, where only 18 overs were possible because of rain.

James Taylor marked his first match as captain by winning the toss, but the rain swept in with Ireland on 56 for four.

A dispiriting forecast proved very accurate, and there was never any chance of resumption before a 3pm abandonment.

But there was time at least for a maiden wicket each for Mark Wood and David Willey.

The hosts lost Paul Stirling first, run out by a direct hit from wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, as the opener failed to make it to the non-striker's end for a leg-bye single.

Captain William Porterfield then chopped on to the pace of Wood, and Niall O'Brien edged Tim Bresnan to James Vince at first slip.

Andrew Balbirnie went to drive left-armer Willey but was very well held at second slip by Jason Roy, also a debutant in this format.

Play had continued through half an hour of rain.

It became too heavy, though, and did not relent into the afternoon, and Malahide was deserted by the near 10,000 sell-out crowd before the inevitable confirmation that there would be no further play.

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