Boyd Rankin, who was named in Ireland's playing XI for the one-off Test against England at Lord's on Wednesday, became the first player since former Indian captain Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi in 1946 to have featured for and against England. Boyd Rankin had made his Test debut for England in the Ashes 2014. His only wicket for England came off his last delivery. The fast bowler then played his first match for Ireland in 2018 against Pakistan in Dublin. He had scalped three wickets in that match.
Meanwhile, After upstaging New Zealand in 2019 World Cup Final, England team was up against Ireland for lone Test encounter at the Lord's in London. Many cricket pundits believed that a Test match against Ireland will be a good platform for Englishmen to prepare for all-important Ashes series against Australia which is scheduled to start on August 1. On a sunny day in London, Joe Root, English skipper asked the opposition to have a bowl. However, Tim Murtagh's 5/13 and Mark Adair 3/32 saw the England team all over the place as they were eventually bundled out for 85 runs, with Joe Denly being the highest run-scorer.
Jason Roy and Rory Burns started the proceedings for England but their partnership didn't last long as the debutant Roy was sent back to the pavilion for mere 5 runs with a dazzling out swinger by Tim Murtagh. Jason Roy tried to play away from his body and he eventually paid the price. Joe Denly and Rory Burns tried to stich a partnership in the middle but couldn't continue for long.
The wickets kept tumbling for the three lions as the middle-order saw three ducks in form of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, and Chris Woakes. Ireland team took some time to wrap things up but in process didn't give away any easy runs. Having been able to restrict England team for a below par score at Lord's, this remains to be seen if Irelishmen can show the same class with bat in hand and score all-important runs on the board.
With the likes of William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, and Kevin O Brien in the line up, Ireland will be fancying their chances to score atleast 250-300 runs. Joe Root, on the other hand, will be expecting some heroics from his bowlers to eventually comeback into this game. From a distance, it looks a tough task for England bowlers.
Interestingly, this is England's third lowest total at Lord's. Two of which have come against Australia in 1888.