Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Batting depth puts England in a good place - Bairstow


Joe Root shone with bat and ball to inspire England to a comfortable 85-run victory over Ireland in the second and final one-day global at Lord's on Sunday.

After Murtagh and McCarthy had removed England's openers, Morgan and Joe Root put on 140 for the third wicket, the deciding partnership of the game.

With the three-game home series against South Africa to come later this month, before the start of the Champions Trophy, Bairstow is providing England with a nice selection dilemma to resolve.

Jonny Bairstow's irresistible late hitting helped England post 328 for six at Lord's as they bid to wrap up a 2-0 Royal London Series victory over Ireland.

Adil Rashid's maiden one-day global five-wicket haul was the driving force of England's seven-wicket win in Bristol two days ago, and the leg-spinner was again entrusted with sole responsibility.

England were in danger of falling short of 300 until Bairstow, ably assisted by Yorkshire colleague Adil Rashid (39) led a charge that saw 61 runs scored in the final four overs of an eventual total of 328 for six.

Bairstow's hopes of staying in England's one-day team could actually be boosted by the bowling performances of Root, who returned 3-52 as he bowled 10 overs in an ODI for the first time.

It was enough to put the onus squarely on the touring batsmen on their Lord's global debut - and despite the flying start provided by Paul Stirling on his home ground, and a half-century from captain William Porterfield (82) back at the venue where he was once an MCC Young Cricketer, a successful chase was not in the offing for long on the way to 243 all out. Alex Hales and Jason Roy got England off to a solid start in overcast conditions, the latter drilling Tim Murtagh down the ground for a glorious straight four early on.

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However, on 39, he almost played to off-spinner Stirling only for the ball to touch the stumps without dislodging a bail. Root struck first, Porterfield chipping to Liam Plunkett at mid off and then Rashid trapped both Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien in front to leave Ireland 104/6.

Eoin Morgan (76) and Jonny Bairstow (72 not out) were the other to score half centuries.

Moving well over to the leg side, Stirling followed Morgan, with the batsman forced to reshuffle and nurdle the ball away.

Those dismissals brought Joe Root and England captain Eoin Morgan to the crease.

"It's been nice to get a few runs, a good stepping stone towards the Champions Trophy".

'We will go into the three games against South Africa wanting to win that series.

'I think with the bat we were just a couple of wickets behind and that stopped us going for it at the end'. "Great to see Woody back, getting more overs under his belt". We put a lot of things right. While the win and the two-match series went the way of the home team, both got what they came for in that respect.

Root dabbed delightfully over his head for a boundary after Morgan had thrashed Dockrell for six over mid-wicket but the England skipper was then lucky to escape as a ball from Stirling trickled down off his bat and hit the stumps without dislodging a bail.

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