England’s cricketers slump to 43-7 on a HUMILIATING first morning of inaugural Test against minnows Ireland in a woeful return to Lords, scene of their historic World Cup triumph just 10 days ago
- England fell to 42-5 after making dismal start against Ireland at Lord’s
- Captain Joe Root was out lbw for 2 and Jonny Bairstow was bowled for a duck
- Chris Woakes also fell for 0 after top order had crumbled dismally at Lord’s
England made a horrendous start to their Test against Ireland in the worst possible preparation for the upcoming Ashes.
In their first Test against Ireland, who have only played this format for two years, the stunned Lord’s crowd saw England fall to 43-7.
World Cup heroes Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow fell for a combined score of seven and their joy of the ODI triumph turned to abject misery.
Jonny Bairstow was clean bowled for 0 and England totally capitulated against Ireland
Joe Root fell for just two runs and the Ireland players could hardly believe it
Roy was given an early chance to prove his red ball credentials, with England opting to bat first.
The man so instrumental in landing the trophy on the same ground 10 days ago, was making his Test debut at top of the order.
It did not take long before Roy found himself under pressure, with two scares in as many balls. Danger averted he was then pinned dead in front of the stumps, an lbw that would surely have been given had the seamer not been called for a no-ball. His brief and troubled stay ended in the next over, Tim Murtagh flicking the edge and Paul Stirling hanging on to a low catch at first slip.
Joe Denly made 23, including two sweet cover driven fours but plenty of tentative pokes and uncertain moments, before he became Adair’s first scalp.
Jason Roy was the first man to depart after the World Cup hero nicked off for a paltry five
Joe Denly scored 23 before being trapped lbw by Irish seamer Mark Adair
The Irish charge continued as Middlesex seamer Murtagh doubled his tally on the ground he has called home for a dozen years.
He slanted one across Burns, who had eked out six in almost an hour at the crease, and found the outside edge with a ball that clocked in at just under 74mph.
Gary Wilson stooped for the catch and England were 36 for three, with their World Cup winning Yorkshiremen Root and Bairstow at the crease.
Much of the burden lay with Root but he lasted just seven deliveries, making two, before Adair seamed one in off the surface and rapped his back pad.
The on-field decision was not out but visiting skipper Will Porterfield decided to refer after deliberating, a call that paid rich dividends when replays showed the ball crashing into the stumps.
The buzz around Lord’s was growing, with belief that something remarkable might be afoot.
The atmosphere spiked when Murtagh landed the sweetest moment yet, nipping one back in between bat and pad as Bairstow looked to shift the momentum with a mow over the infield.
The application was poor and Murtagh wrecked his stumps for a duck, leaping in joy having created such a perfect picture.