Fresh from a World Cup triumph at Lord’s 10 days ago, England have suffered a massive reality check on the opening day of the one-off Test against Ireland. The home side failed to cope with the expansive swing generated by the Irish pacers as only three batsmen were able to get into double figures.
England could scramble just 85 runs on the board as they were blown away by a spirited bowling effort spearheaded by 37-year-old Tim Murtagh who registered Ireland’s first ever 5-wicket haul in Test cricket.
The long-standing deficiencies in England’s middle order were once again exposed as their much talked about depth faltered under the helpful bowling conditions. Having lost all 10 wickets in the first session, this marks the fourth such instance in the last two years that England have been all out in a single session.