England vs Ireland, 2020: 3-match ODI series – Statistical Preview

England vs Ireland, 2020: 3-match ODI series – Statistical Preview

Here are some key stats and numbers to look out ahead of the 3-match ODI between England and Ireland.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali
England all-rounder Moeen Ali. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images for ECB)

England will host Ireland in a 3-match ODI series starting on Thursday which will mark the beginning of the Men’s ODI Super League. This series will also see the return of ODI Cricket after a gap of 137 days which is the longest span without an ODI match in the last 29 years.

Eoin Morgan will be facing his former team but will miss the services of some key batters due to the Test assignments going simultaneously. All three matches of this three-match series will be played in Southampton which is going to England’s first home ODI series since their CWC victory.

Here are some key stats and numbers to look out ahead of the 3-match ODI between England and Ireland:

1 – The 2011 World Cup victory is still the only time Ireland has defeated England in an ODI. The two teams faced off in ten ODI matches till date out of which England won eight while another game ended without a result. England and Ireland faced off twice in ODIs on England soil in 2017 which the home team won quite comfortably.

1-7 – Ireland managed to win only one International match they played in England thus far. Ireland defeated Bangladesh by 6 wickets in the WT20 2009 which was coincidently their maiden International match in England. Since then, Ireland played four T20Is, two ODIs and a Test match on England soil and ended up on the losing side in all the seven.

3 – All three matches of this ODI series will be played at the Ageas Oval in Southampton. This will be the first time a single venue will be used to host more than two matches in a bilateral series on England soil in Men’s International cricket.

5-0 – England won all the five ODI matches they played in Southampton since the start of 2016. They lost five consecutive ODIs at this venue before the ongoing winning spree.

7/10 – Paul Stirling has recorded seven 50+ scores in his last ten ODI innings including six of them coming in successive innings. He amassed 552 runs in those ten outings with the help of a century and six fifties.

Stirling will become the 3rd player with 200 appearances in International cricket for Ireland if he plays at least two matches in this series.

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96 – Boyd Rankin has picked up 96 wickets in ODI cricket while representing Ireland. He needs four more wickets to become only the 2nd player after Kevin O’Brien (113) to claim 100+ ODI wickets for Ireland. Rankin has picked up a total of 106 ODI wickets including ten of them for England.

146 – Adil Rashid has claimed a total of 146 wickets in his 100-match ODI career. Rashid needs four more wickets to become the first England spinner and overall the 5th England player to bag 150 wickets in the ODI format.

193 – Number of sixes Eoin Morgan has struck while playing for England in the ODI format. He needs seven more maximums to become the first player to smash 200 ODI sixes for England.

Morgan has struck a total of 209 sixes in International cricket as England captain. He needs three more sixes to surpass MS Dhoni (211) and hold the record for hitting most International sixes as captain.

1910 – Andy Balbirnie amassed 1910 runs in ODI cricket across 64 innings he has batted. Balbirnie needs 90 more runs to become the 7th player to aggregate 2000 ODI runs for Ireland. He will be the 3rd fastest player to reach 2000 ODI runs for Ireland if he scores 90 runs in his next outing with the bat.