England vs. Ireland: Only Test Preview
England vs. Ireland: Only Test Preview

England and Ireland will face off in a one-off Test in London starting on Wednesday. The game is a preparation for the home side for the much-awaited Ashes series, which is less than 10 days away. England will come in the match undoubtedly as the favourite side as they are not only an experienced unit but they are also a team in-form as they are coming on the back of winning the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in a dramatic manner against New Zealand. 

However, the home side's form in the five day format isn't that great of late and therefore, they would not expect an easy outing especially at the venue where things are relatively tough for them. As far as the team combination is concerned, opener Jason Roy is set to debut in the Test format whereas veteran fast-bowler James Anderson is rested for the match with an injury and in his absence, Stuart Broad will lead the bowling attack.

On the other hand, for Ireland, the game is another stepping stone in their relatively new story in the five-day format as they will be looking to put a serious test in front of the host team.

Lord's will be the venue for the contest which will be hosting its 138th Test on Wednesday. The ground is considered as having one of the best batting tracks in the country, however, there is a fair bit of grass left on the deck for this match. Average score in

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Azeem Siddiqui
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