Curtis Campher (Ireland) vs England - Round 3
August 03 2020 by Cricbuzz Staff
Ireland would be hoping for more of their batsmen to step up in order to pull off a surprise win
It hasn't been even a week since Curtis Campher made his first appearance for Ireland at the senior level. But just two games into his international career, he is already the most vital scalp for the opposition. With two half-centuries in two matches and three wickets with the ball to add to it, the 21-year-old is the sole reason why Ireland didn't cave in so easily in both the encounters.
On Tuesday (August 4), there is perhaps a case for the youngster to be even promoted up the order if Ireland are to salvage something. After all, this isn't a dead rubber anymore even though England have already clinched the series. World Cup Super League points are still up for grabs for both the sides and that should act as enough motivation for an outfit that's looking for more individuals to put their hands up in the batting department.
Campher batted at 7 in both the games so far and with the right-hander easily towering over the rest, skipper Andy Balbirnie might have to reconsider the batting order, who himself will be itching to get going after accumulating just 18 runs in the two games so far. Paul Stirling, the other experienced head at the top of the order, will be feeling the heat as well. With the bowlers doing a fairly reasonable job so far, the onus is certainly on the batsmen to back them up.
For England, it's a case of being ruthless to complete a cleansweep and pick up more Super League points. They also have a few players in their ranks who will be looking to make an impression in their fight to hold on to their places when some of the first-team players eventually return to the ODI set up.
Jason Roy is due a big score in the series and the likes of James Vince and Tom Banton haven't been able to set the stage on fire either. Eoin Morgan has been demoting himself down the order in order to provide opportunities to Vince, Banton and Sam Billings, and it is up to the trio to make it count.
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Where: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
What to expect: Clear skies are expected throughout the game. With both the matches not producing loads of runs, a similar pattern is predicted unless the World Champions have first crack with the bat.
England: After having made a solid impression on his comeback, the left-arm pacer, Reece Topley will miss the final ODI with a left groin strain. He's going to have a scan, but the management is not expecting him to be out of action for longer than a couple of weeks.This should make way for Tom Curran to walk back into the eleven. There's a case for Liam Livingstone to be handed an opportunity as well.
Predicted XI: Jonny Bairstow (WK), Jason Roy, James Vince, Tom Banton/Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood
Ireland: Is it time to recall William Porterfield? Ireland will have to consider recalling their senior statesman to stem the rot at the top of the order. If that does happen, Gareth Delaney might have to make way.
Predicted XI: Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andy Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, Kevin O'Brien, Lorcan Tucker (WK), Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, Craig Young
What they said
"He's very useful with the ball, he's got that wicket-taking ball and he's just someone who is really impressive. He's a great person to captain because you can talk to him and he tells you exactly what he wants to do or at least what he's trying to do." - Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie rates Curtis Campher's bowling skills highly