Sam Billings, England
Sam Billings. Credit: Getty Images
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As Joe Root passes the baton to ODI captain Eoin Morgan, he will look to maintain the momentum for the home team in the first of three match series against Ireland, starting on Thursday at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. All the three matches in the series will be played at the same venue to ensure the ‘bio-bubble’ environment is maintained during the time of novel coronavirus pandemic.

England have picked up a young and relatively inexperienced side to face the neighbours with Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer missing out on the team bus. The series will give a fair reflection on the upcoming talents England possess and help them gain confidence to play at an international stage.

A pack of non-regular English players including Liam Dawson, David Willey, Tom Curran and Sam Billings will have a chance to take a go at the not-so-frightening Irish side and display their prowess. Reece Topley returns to the English side for the first time in four years and might well earn his ODI cap. Boosting the pack will be some serious talents.

Here is how England’s playing XI can look like in the series opener:

Jason Roy

Jason Roy
Jason Roy. Credit: Getty Images

England opener Jason Roy did not have a good outing during the warm-up match against Ireland but he will be raring to go in the series opener. With a lot of senior players, not being considered for the England vs Ireland ODI series, Jason Roy becomes an automatic choice to fill in one of the opening slots. Roy has a staggering average of nearly 43 in ODIs. He has hit nine centuries and 18 half-centuries in the format and scored 3434 runs.

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