Martin Saggers (England), David Millns (England), Alex Wharf (England, TV)
So far, the pitches have offered a bit of spongy bounce which has troubled the players, though there hasn’t been too much of lateral movement. The ball has spun at times but players willing to apply themselves have been able to score runs. A similar strip is expected for the final ODI, meaning that batting second could perhaps be the better option.
The forecast says that Southampton would be partly cloudy on Tuesday, although there is minimal chance of rain (10%). It will, however, be quite sapping with the humidity level expected to be around 57%.
The series has been decided already but with the crucial ODI Super League points on offering, none of the teams will be taking this game any lightly. England would be happy with the way Sam Billings and David Willey have played on their comeback trail. Both of them had missed out on World Cup selection due to different reasons but seem to have returned with a point to prove. Ireland, on the contrary, would want their experienced players to come to the fore and make a mark in the third ODI. The youngsters have played some decent cricket for the visitors in this series but the lack of contribution elsewhere has made Ireland easy fodder for England.
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England just like the first match dug deep in the second match to crawl through victory. The Ireland bowling has looked threatening at times but to beat a side like England, that pressure has to be applied throughout the game. The Irish batters have been a huge disappointment apart from Curtis Campher who has hit two half-centuries in his first two games of ODI career.