Archer grabs first England wicket as bowlers shine against Ireland

Joe Root

Jofra Archer will make his England debut in Friday's one-day worldwide against Ireland in Malahide. Salt scored 355 runs in England domestic T20 competition previous year as Sussex reached the final.

Chasing 199, the visitors were reduced to 5-66 on Friday before the wicketkeeper calmed things down and began the painstaking process of reeling in the target and delivering a four-wicket win with three overs to spare. Three or four of us batted poorly but Ben Foakes batted superbly on debut and he and Tom Curran got us over the line. In the meantime, Eoin Morgan, who captains England's ODI and T20I teams, lashed out at him and said that the right-hander wasn't on the same page as the rest of the members and had "disregard for the values".

It was another composed display by the 26-year-old, who made 107 on Test debut, away to Sri Lanka in November.

It was the golden chance for Ireland to hold the game completely when Foakes came on the field to bat and had a close LBW call after scoring just 37 runs but Ireland was unable to turn their fortunes and lost an nearly winning game.

England were without two experienced top-order batsmen in the injured Jason Roy and the axed Alex Hales, sent into global exile after reportedly failing a second test for recreational drug use.

William Porterfield and Paul Stirling initially coped well on a hard pitch in overcast conditions but the latter's exit, which saw him chip Plunkett to a diving Archer at mid-on, opened the floodgates. He took the priced wickets of James Vince (18), Dawid Malan (24), Joe Root (7) and Eoin Morgan (0) to send jitters in the England camp.

Despite witnessing the brilliant performance of Joshua Little who took four crucial wickets in eight overs Ireland lost the match.

He was highly impressive with the new ball as he returned with figures of 4/35.

A problem for Ireland tends to be that they lose wickets in quick succession and that proved to be the case again with Porterfield, Lorcan Tucker and Kevin O'Brien all back in the shed before the score reached 80. But Archer, living up to his reputation as a fine fielder, helped break the opening stand with a diving low catch at mid-on off Tom Curran to dismiss Stirling for 33.

England´s Jofra Archer (L) clean bowls Ireland´s Mark Adair for 32 during a one day global between Ireland and England Malahide cricket club, in Dublin on May 3, 2019.