Martin Saggers (England, TV), Mike Burns (England), Alex Wharf (England)
The Rose Bowl generally produces good batting wickets for white-ball cricket and it shouldn’t be any different on Thursday. The pitch is likely to offer even bounce and minimal seam movement.
The weather forecast states that Southampton would be nice and sunny on Thursday with minimal chances (10%) of rain. The minimum and the maximum temperature are expected to be 18 and 25 degree Celsius respectively.
First international limited overs game in the COVID era and its the neighbours that are facing each other. The match in particular is important for the Irish side who need all the points in their kitty under ICC's new Super League to gain qualification to the World Cup. This will be the English-side's first match at home after their historic World Cup final against the Kiwis and they will be itching to go out off the blocks.
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England will be going into the match without some of their biggest superstars but such is the depth of the current world champions that they can take on any world-class attack with aplomb without the star players. The Engkland team looks incredibly balanced on paper and if the neighbours Ireland are to turn a corner here then they would need something really special from the teammates.