- Play starts at 14:00 BST
- England 1-0 up after Thursday’s victory in Southampton
And a bit more on Willey…
Some insight from Rob Key and Kevin Pietersen into David Willey’s top performance.
Fist to fist, elbow to elbow, or, the underrated elbow to wrist
Bit of county news before we get cracking
Somerset pace bowler Jamie Overton will join Surrey at the end of the season. The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and will make the switch in November.
“We’re very pleased Jamie will be joining us and I look forward to seeing him perform in a Surrey shirt,” Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.
Overton has taken 164 wickets in his 64 first-class appearances and added: “From the moment that Alec made contact and talked me through the opportunity, I was excited about coming to Surrey.
“I’m obviously aware of the club’s history and success and these were all major attractions for me in moving from Somerset.” PA
Morgan not fussed about losing the toss
Might be a bit of moisture in the wicket but looking to replicate our intensity up front.
Ireland win the toss and will bat
Darkish clouds over the Ageas Bowl. Hopefully they clear off. There’s a chance of rain according to the Met Office but only about 40 and 30 per cent.
Team news: Reece Topley comes back into the England side with Tom Curran missing out in England’s only change. It’s Topley’s first England game since 2016.
Josh Little meanwhile comes in for Barry McCarthy, who is out for the rest of the series.
ENG: Roy, Bairstow, Vince, Morgan, Billings, Banton, Moeen, Willey, Topley, Rashid Mahmood
IRE: Stirling, Delany, Balbirnie, Tector, O’Brien, Tucker, Campher, Singh, McBrine, Young, Little
The rise of Ireland
The Irish captain Andy Balbirnie outlines the challenge ahead for his side.
Our young guys have got to come in and compete against the world champions in their backyard and there’s no hiding place. They’re ready to stand up and be counted. That’s a really great attitude to have.
The group that we have now, with young guys coming in, they have showed that fearless attitude.
Paul Stirling’s match impact ranks among the best in the world, as Tim Wigmore explores here.
After his impressive knock earlier this week, Tim Wigmore examines whether Sam Billings has what it takes to take over from Eoin Morgan in England’s middle order.
David Willey after taking five wickets on Thursday
It was just special to be playing for England again. My main priority was to enjoy it, so the (five wickets) were just the icing on the cake.
I’ve been working quite hard to try to get back to my best and if not better than I have been previously. It’s been a roller coaster but I was just out there enjoying my cricket.
I’m moving in the right direction and I feel like my best cricket is still to come. But it’s just great to be back out there wearing this shirt with the Three Lions on, so I just want to enjoy it.
How England wrapped things up on Thursday
Sam Billings is determined to seize a regular middle-order spot in England’s one-day side after benefiting from an injury to one of his closest friends to play a starring role in Thursday’s six-wicket win over Ireland.
While several World Cup winners were absent due to their Test commitments, Billings was still set for a familiar role as drinks carrier in the Royal London series opener until Kent team-mate Joe Denly went down with back spasms.
Billings was drafted into the XI and marked his 16th ODI appearance in five years with a format-best 67 not out, helping England over the line after they had stumbled to 78 for four in their pursuit of 173 at the Ageas Bowl.
Billings is under no illusion as to how difficult it is to break into the white-ball sides, having spent a good chunk of his career on the fringes, but he feels more ready than ever to challenge for a place.
Key to that belief is a more positive mindset and a fine-tuning of his technique, now standing still at the crease and eschewing the pronounced dip with his hands before the bowler releases the ball.
“In the past I have come in for the odd game here or there, put way too much pressure on myself and got away from what I have done well in the past,” the Kent captain said.
“It’s an opportunity that has come out of an unfortunate situation to one of my best mates but that’s sport and at the end of the day, I have got to do what I have got to do.
“The middle-order role is a very tough one but one that I’m looking forward to making my own really. (England captain) Eoin Morgan has chucked the challenge out for all of us batsmen.
“There are a ridiculous number of white-ball batsmen in the one-day set-up at the moment and for me I just want to focus, keep working hard, keep doing what I’m doing.
“I’m happy with where my game’s at. I made a few technical tweaks after my injury last year and I think that’s put me in a much better place for international cricket.
“It’s nice to see the hard work that I have put in come to fruition. I have done all I can do. That’s what I have got to focus on moving forward.”
The 29-year-old admitted his England career “hit a heavy speed bump” last year, when a dislocated shoulder weeks before the World Cup potentially deprived him of a squad place.
He made three centuries in four County Championship matches but underwhelmed during a Twenty20 series in New Zealand, when he was vice-captain to Morgan, and was overlooked for white-ball assignments in South Africa.
But after shining in his first ODI since June 2018, he added: “For me, it’s just about building that momentum back up, it has been very up and down over the last five years.
“I see this as actually just a starting point and I have easily my best cricket ahead of me, I have got no doubts about that. All I can do is take my opportunities when they arise.”
Denly’s injury has ruled him out of the series against Ireland ahead of the penultimate match on Saturday, with Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone stepping into the 14-man squad from the reserves.
The quick turnaround in games could mean an international return for left-arm seamer Reece Topley, who last played for England four years ago and has had multiple surgeries on his lower back following several stress fractures. PA