50 overs England 334 for 8 (Jacks 94, Hain 89, Dockrell 3-43) vs Eire
Between them, the 2 males topped and tailed an innings that lacked a level of cohesion, and understandably so, provided that England’s line-up was lacking all 15 of the lads who’re certain for the World Cup subsequent week, and as an alternative featured 4 debutants and a complete of 48 ODI caps all instructed. Nonetheless, Eire caught to their weapons after a torrid begin, dragging England again from a runaway 55 for 0 after six overs, with George Dockrell and Craig Younger the stand-out performers with 5 wickets between them. Seeing as they chased 329 with room to spare within the staff’s most up-to-date ODI three years in the past, it was very a lot sport on on the midway mark.
After being requested to bat first, England’s opening exchanges have been a battle inside a battle for 2 openers with clear designs on a extra everlasting ODI berth. Phil Salt, considerably outspoken final week about his place within the pecking order, opened his account with two fours in his first three balls; Jacks trumped that with three in his first 4, every of them stroked handsomely by way of the covers as Josh Little supplied an excessive amount of width with the brand new ball. Salt then raised the stakes once more with two arrow-straight drives off Mark Adair, whose wild nine-ball over epitomised Eire’s early struggles.
And for a time thereafter, they seemed like being overwhelmed in a typical Trent Bridge-style blizzard of strokeplay, however Younger’s introduction supplied some much-needed order. After indicators of swing in his first over, he lured Salt right into a unfastened drive to brief cowl with the primary ball of his second, then nipped one again into Zak Crawley’s pads to place a dampener on his captaincy debut with a two-ball duck. Jacks, nevertheless, was nonetheless available to finish the powerplay in fashion, banging Barry McCarthy over deep midwicket for England’s first six from the ultimate ball of the tenth over.
Jacks had a life on 44, when McCarthy stunned him with a touch of additional bounce however Harry Tector at backward level could not shut his fingers spherical the possibility. He made Eire pay with a powerful launch for six over additional cowl off the spin of Andy McBrine, to convey up his fifty from 44 balls, as England’s 100 got here up within the fifteenth over.
Eire appeared little greater than passive observers as England sauntered by way of their center overs at a run a ball, with Jacks and Ben Duckett exchanging a pair of sixes over long-on to trace on the violence they’d be able to unleashing on the back-end of the innings. So it got here as a little bit of a shock when Duckett, on 48 from 48 in a stand of 102, knelt right into a trademark paddle over positive leg off Dockrell, solely to lob his shot straight into Adair’s arms, working spherical well from brief backward sq..
At 158 for 3 within the twenty fourth over, enter Hain, maybe probably the most intriguing of England’s 4 debutants, provided that his towering Listing A common – 57.96 throughout a ten-year profession – had for therefore lengthy appeared inversely proportional to his hopes of ever making a world debut.
Certain sufficient, having waited so lengthy to make an impression, Hain’s opening gambit arguably bolstered the the reason why the selectors had tended to look elsewhere. He even performed out a maiden from Adair in reaching 1 from his first 11 balls, and was then dropped at level whereas scuffing a reduce off McCarthy. However lastly he landed a strong thump for 4 by way of long-on to settle his nerves, and thereafter Hain was into his stride, extra assured in his interception factors as he skittered out of his crease for an additional pair of meaty blows down the bottom, whereas rocking again for an authoritative reduce by way of level.
On the different finish, Jacks continued to exude an inevitability that belied his three-cap expertise, however after crunching Dockrell excessive over midwicket to march into the 90s, he tried to succeed in his century with one other solitary blow, however this time discovered Andy Balbirnie lurking contained in the rope to traipse off for 94 from 88.
Jacks’ Surrey team-mate Jamie Smith fared no higher in his launch for the ropes. His considerably anxious debut ended at a 10-ball 9, as Little leapt at long-on to intercept his first shot in anger, however Brydon Carse, loftily positioned at No. 7, saved Hain firm in a 63-run stand for the sixth wicket that included a thump for six that despatched an aged gent sprawling for the crowd-catch however ended with a miscued hack to cowl off Little.
Rehan Ahmed got here and went cheaply as Adair obtained fortunate with a full toss, however after Tom Hartley had drilled the primary boundary of his worldwide profession by way of the covers, Hain upped his personal tempo into the ultimate overs, crashing a brace of boundaries down the bottom in Adair’s closing over. A century was nearly in his sights as he lined up for the final six balls of the innings from McCarthy, however a vanguard to mid-off ended his hopes.
Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket