Sport Bairstow blitz sees England past Ireland
England's Denly to miss rest of ODI series with Ireland due to back problem
Liam Livingstone has replaced Joe Denly in the England squad for the remaining ODI matches against Ireland.The batsman has been struggling with back spasms and was not involved in the first match on Thursday, when England claimed a six-wicket victory.
Jonny Bairstow equalled England's fastest ODI fifty and helped the hosts to a second consecutive ODI victory over Ireland to settle the series.
England followed up their emphatic Rose Bowl victory on Thursday with a less assured four-wicket win at the same venue on Saturday as they chased down 213.
The third and final match takes place next week with England now 2-0 up.
Willey's five-for sets the tone in straightforward England win
England had little difficulty beating Ireland in Thursday's ODI, with David Willey and Sam Billings the star men in Southampton.England's Test players were unavailable due to their endeavours against West Indies, meaning an entirely different ODI XI was given the chance to prove their credentials, and Willey certainly rose to the occasion.
Curtis Campher (68) impressed again as he anchored Ireland's innings, with Adil Rashid taking 3-34.
In reply, Bairstow reached his half-century off just 21 balls, equalling captain Eoin Morgan's record, before eventually falling for 82 from 41 deliveries in a knock that contained 14 fours and two sixes.
That is some shot from Jonny!
Our joint-fastest ODI half-century— England Cricket (@englandcricket)
Following his dismissal, England promptly lost Morgan and Moeen Ali for ducks, leaving them suddenly struggling at 137-6.
But the two stars of the first match, Sam Billings (46 not out) and David Willey (47no), again came to the fore and got the world champions over the line with 17.3 overs to spare.
Morgan: Cricket World Cup glory will help spur England on
England captain Eoin Morgan believes his side can only have benefitted from their success at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.England face Ireland in a three-match ODI series, starting on Thursday, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Ireland were skittled for 172 in the opening game, though skipper Andrew Balbirnie still opted to bat after winning the toss.
Once again his top order failed to fire, as Willey (2-48) followed up his five-wicket haul last time out by removing both Ireland openers, while James Vince's medium pace surprisingly accounted for Balbirnie (15).
Rashid then took centre stage for England, fooling Kevin O’Brien (3) with a googly before both Harry Tector (28) and Lorcan Tucker (21) fell to the leg-spinner.
Campher once again had to make the best of a bad situation and the all-rounder's assured 87-ball knock featured eight fours.
Simi Singh and Andrew McBrine contributed 25 and 24 respectively, while England left-arm paceman Reece Topley claimed his first international wicket for 1,599 days with the final delivery, Ireland ending on 212-9.
Jason Roy fell without scoring in England's reply, before Vince (16) and Tom Banton (15) were again unable to make the most of an opportunity to impress - Campher (2-50) accounting for both.
Gemma Arterton feared hypothermia on 'Summerland' shoot (exclusive)
Gemma Arterton has revealed she was scared of suffering from hypothermia while filming a scene from her new film, Summerland. A sequence towards the end of World War II drama, released in cinemas this Friday, 31 July, sees her plunging into the sea to rescue a child. “I was so cold,” she tells Yahoo Movies UK in the video (above). “We were in there for quite a while, and I actually thought I might have got hypothermia.” As she suffers from Raynaud’s (a circulation problem which can turn toes and fingers blue), she “loses circulation in my hands and feet really easily, and my hands and feet just died.” Gemma Arterton stars in Summerland.
Bairstow passed 3,000 ODI runs before Josh Little (3-60) impressively dismissed him, Morgan and Ali in quick succession.
That left Billings, who top-scored in the opener, and Willey, man-of-the-match in that first game, to salvage the innings with their decisive unbroken partnership of 79.
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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell not fazed by hectic end to 2020 .
Ireland will chase Six Nations glory in October before getting stuck into a potential new eight-team tournament in November Two bonus point wins against Italy and France in Dublin and Paris on October 24 and 31 would see Ireland crowned Six Nations champions for the second time in three years.