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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Legend reveals England's pre-Ashes edge


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Lord's Cricket Ground. Ireland's second ever Test match. A four-day Test. A handful of debutants with a point to prove. Numbers and names on playing kits.

In any other month, this match would garner a significant amount of attention. However, with the Ashes barely a week away, and with the curtains of the World Cup having just closed, you would be forgiven for not knowing the old enemy England are just hours away from playing a one-off Test match against Ireland.

Questions have been raised about Australia's red-ball preparations, however there's a case to be mounted that England's tune-up period has been even leaner.

https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1153637108445327360

Coming off the celebrations of a successful World Cup campaign, and with a good portion of their Test group still transitioning from white-ball mode, this one-off hit out takes on even more significance as when it comes to their Ashes preparation.

While Ireland are by no means a cakewalk as an opponent, there are perhaps better sides that would provide a sterner test to England's troops.

Ian Chappell.

However ex-Australian Test captain Ian Chappell argues it could provide England with the bounce they need leading into the Ashes, arming them with a confident glow that will flow on from their World Cup win.

"If England go out and pile on a heap of runs against Ireland, it won’t do a lot of harm – that’s for sure," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

Touching on his touring days, Chappell gave a telling insight into the mindset of players as they navigate a long series of test and county matches.

"I always found that once you’ve toured England for the first time, you knew what things were all about," Chappell said.

"There were times when you’d want to make a century in a County game, and there were times when you’d be happy scoring 40. You’d be happy with the way you were hitting them and that was that.

"I don’t think England will approach this Test with that attitude because of their lack of red-ball cricket, and respect for their opposition - but that's just the way it goes sometimes."

When quizzed about whether or not England's preparation was less than ideal, Chappell was blunt.

"Put it this way; would I rather go into an Ashes series with what’s happened to the Australian batsmen overnight? Or would I rather go in with some form and score runs against Ireland? The latter, absolutely," Chappell said.

Going deeper, the former Australian Test captain also touched on the key issue derailing England's final preparations.

"Their biggest concern is all the injuries to their fast bowlers," Chappell said.

Jofra Archer

With Jimmy Anderson (calf) and Jofra Archer (side strain) questionable for the first test, and Mark Wood (side strain) doubtful to return until late in the series, there's an air of nervousness around English commentators and pundits alike.

Ireland is the first measuring stick.

Key storylines to watch

- Jason Roy makes his debut at the top of the order for the English, and has been widely tipped to be in that spot next Thursday for the first Ashes Test. Can he mould his attacking gameplan to the rigours of long-form cricket?

- Young-gun quick Olly Stone debuts in the wake of the injuries to England's pace battalion.

- Left-arm tweaker Jack Leach plays his first Test in England, and will no doubt be looking to out-bowl fellow spinner Moeen Ali.

- Ireland will make this game an interesting affair. They have had some success (albeit in limited overs cricket) against the English, and it is just the second Test in their proud history. They will not roll over.

https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1153366494505574400

New traditions take centre stage. In the 142-year history of Test cricket, it will be the first time that players take to the field with numbers and surnames on the back of their playing shirts. In many ways it is entirely appropriate that this clash is played at Lords, with one of the oldest and most traditional sporting grounds on the planet ushering in a new era of international cricket.

You can follow all the action as England take on Ireland from 8pm AEST tonight, in WWOS' match centre.

Lord's Cricket Ground. Ireland's second ever Test match. A four-day Test. A handful of debutants with a point to prove. Numbers and names on playing kits.

In any other month, this match would garner a significant amount of attention. However, with the Ashes barely a week away, and with the curtains of the World Cup having just closed, you would be forgiven for not knowing the old enemy England are just hours away from playing a one-off Test match against Ireland.

Questions have been raised about Australia's red-ball preparations, however there's a case to be mounted that England's tune-up period has been even leaner.

https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1153637108445327360

Coming off the celebrations of a successful World Cup campaign, and with a good portion of their Test group still transitioning from white-ball mode, this one-off hit out takes on even more significance as when it comes to their Ashes preparation.

While Ireland are by no means a cakewalk as an opponent, there are perhaps better sides that would provide a sterner test to England's troops.

Ian Chappell.

However ex-Australian Test captain Ian Chappell argues it could provide England with the bounce they need leading into the Ashes, arming them with a confident glow that will flow on from their World Cup win.

"If England go out and pile on a heap of runs against Ireland, it won’t do a lot of harm – that’s for sure," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

Touching on his touring days, Chappell gave a telling insight into the mindset of players as they navigate a long series of test and county matches.

"I always found that once you’ve toured England for the first time, you knew what things were all about," Chappell said.

"There were times when you’d want to make a century in a County game, and there were times when you’d be happy scoring 40. You’d be happy with the way you were hitting them and that was that.

"I don’t think England will approach this Test with that attitude because of their lack of red-ball cricket, and respect for their opposition - but that's just the way it goes sometimes."

When quizzed about whether or not England's preparation was less than ideal, Chappell was blunt.

"Put it this way; would I rather go into an Ashes series with what’s happened to the Australian batsmen overnight? Or would I rather go in with some form and score runs against Ireland? The latter, absolutely," Chappell said.

Going deeper, the former Australian Test captain also touched on the key issue derailing England's final preparations.

"Their biggest concern is all the injuries to their fast bowlers," Chappell said.

Jofra Archer

With Jimmy Anderson (calf) and Jofra Archer (side strain) questionable for the first test, and Mark Wood (side strain) doubtful to return until late in the series, there's an air of nervousness around English commentators and pundits alike.

Ireland is the first measuring stick.

Key storylines to watch

- Jason Roy makes his debut at the top of the order for the English, and has been widely tipped to be in that spot next Thursday for the first Ashes Test. Can he mould his attacking gameplan to the rigours of long-form cricket?

- Young-gun quick Olly Stone debuts in the wake of the injuries to England's pace battalion.

- Left-arm tweaker Jack Leach plays his first Test in England, and will no doubt be looking to out-bowl fellow spinner Moeen Ali.

- Ireland will make this game an interesting affair. They have had some success (albeit in limited overs cricket) against the English, and it is just the second Test in their proud history. They will not roll over.

https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1153366494505574400

New traditions take centre stage. In the 142-year history of Test cricket, it will be the first time that players take to the field with numbers and surnames on the back of their playing shirts. In many ways it is entirely appropriate that this clash is played at Lords, with one of the oldest and most traditional sporting grounds on the planet ushering in a new era of international cricket.

You can follow all the action as England take on Ireland from 8pm AEST tonight, in WWOS' match centre.

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