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England thump Ireland with a stunning performance by Adil Rashid

08 May 2017

England's Rashid, also a leg-spinner, left them in a spin on his way to 5 for 27 on Friday, and so lopsided was that contest that barely more than half the total overs - 53 out of 100 - were needed in the end.

Rashid paid a heavy cost for his 23 wickets in England's Test series defeat before Christmas against India, whose batsmen are so formidable in home conditions.

Had Ireland batted their full 50 overs in Bristol and not the sorry 33 they managed, England might have considered resting Wood for the follow-up fixture, mindful that these are early days in his return from the ankle operation that wiped out his entire winter.

For now, however, there is a chance for some form of redemption on Sunday as Ireland head to Lord's for a first-ever ODI appearance at the Home of Cricket.

England risked squandering a strong position when their Dublin-born captain Eoin Morgan (76) and Root (73) fell in quick succession following a third-wicket stand of 140 to leave the hosts 213-4.

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Whatever Bairstow thinks of that decision - he had played just three days of competitive cricket in 2017 before the start of the county season and, probably, needed the cricket - the ability to adapt to time-off and perform with little match practice is, he said, now a pre-requisite of an global player.

England's Rashid had been given the nod as their frontline spinner ahead of Moeen Ali for the first match of the summer and though he will come up against far tougher resistance in the months to come, it was a more-than-handy start for a player who relies hugely on confidence.

"We were 81-2 at one stage and set-up quite nicely, and then to go from that to 126 all out, it's just not good enough". "It's a learning curve". You want to give your fans something to cheer about when they travel to support you.

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Otherwise, after he and Root joined forces at 60 for two, England's progress was largely seamless if at first slightly conservative.

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"I think you find a lot of teams we come up against under-estimate Joe (as a bowler), and using him has worked for us - probably more so in Twenty20 cricket", said Morgan. They have been open in accepting their side is going through a transition - unfortunately at a time when more worldwide opportunities, including Test cricket, are on the doorstep - but this performance will have been a huge disappointment given that their batting is viewed as the stronger suit.

Ireland captain William Porterfield is determined Ireland will put their Bristol blip behind them and rise to the occasion on their historic Lord's debut.

Former England batsman Steve James, writing in Saturday's edition of The Times, said that many Ireland players were "a long way past their best, sliding head-long down the other side of their career mountains".

"Not taking anything away from Rashid, we should have played it a lot better".

"It puts us in a brilliant position", Morgan said during the launch of NatWest's "Cricket has no boundaries" campaign.

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