Arijit Kundu ∙ Updated: Sep 19 2023, 5:58 PM | 4 Min Read

Cricket Fantasy Predictions Today | ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI- Cricket Exchange Fantasy Teams

image-lmq9zo93ENG vs IRE: Cricket Fantasy Tips and Teams for the 1st ODI (Source: Twitter)

England and Ireland are all set to face-off in a three-match ODI series ahead of the 2023 World Cup starting September 20. The first game is going to be played at Headingley, Leeds from 12:30 PM Local Time, 5:00 PM IST.

England will be without the services of most of the first-choice cricketers with Zak Crawley named as the captain. Joe Root has been included in the squad (Headingly only) lately while Harry Brook was pruned after becoming a part of the World Cup squad. Other renowned names include Phil Salt, Brydon Carse, Luke Wood,  Ben Duckett, etc. Also, Craig Overton, who was a part of the squad, suffered an injury, and Lancashire off-spinner, Tom Hartley has replaced him.

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On the flip side, Ireland have named a formidable squad led by Paul Stirling. They failed to qualify for the 2023 World Cup, losing three out of four matches in the Qualifier stages a few months back. The likes of Josh Little, Andy Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany are all set to feature in the upcoming white-ball series. Left-arm orthodox spinner, Theo van Woerkom is also a part of the side and yet to make his international ODI debut.

The last time when both sides met, the Irish contingent drubbed the current T20I champions by a seven wicket victory. It will be seen things pan out this time. Now let us switch the attention with respect to the fantasy teams.

 ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI- Team Form

England: W-W-W-L-L

Ireland: W-W-W-L-L

ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI- Pitch Report

Headingley is a high-scoring venue where the batters seem to enjoy the ride. But is not completely in favour of the batters. The pacers get to enjoy early movement while spinners get minimum assist. Average first innings score looms around 300 here while the average second innings score is 293. There is a high chance of rain tomorrow.

ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI- Top Player Picks

Curtis Campher (IRE)

  • He scored 98 off 101 balls in the Inter-Provincial ODIs recently.
  • Campher is a handy middle order batter.
  • Campher is more than decent with his medium-pace.

Paul Stirling (IRE)

  • He is a top-order batter.
  • Stirling is swashbuckler who can take the opposition bowlers to the cleaners.
  • Stirling recently scored a half-century against Leinster Lightning.

Zak Crawley (ENG)

  • The top-order batter scored a brilliant century recently in the Ashes.
  • Crawley's modified technique has earned him more runs.
  • Being the leader of the side, added responsibility may fetch most out of his batting.

Luke Wood (ENG)

  • The left-arm pacer is brilliant with the new ball and gets early swing
  • Wood was brilliant against New Zealand in the T20I series.
  • He can bowl across phases and is a matured bowler.

ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI- Top Captain & Vice-captain choices

If IRE bats firstCurtis CampherPaul Stirling
If ENG bats firstZak CrawleyJoe Root

ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI- Cricket Fantasy Expert Advise

Pick handy amount of batters from either sides. Include potent top order batters from the English side while back consistent run-scorers from the Irish side. Get a little more English bowlers than Irish. 

ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI: Cricket Fantasy Team for Head-to-Head/Small League

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Wicketkeepers: Lorcan Tucker, Phil Salt
Batters: Zak Crawley, Paul Stirling, Ben Duckett
All-rounders: Curtis Campher, Andy McBrine, Will Jacks
Bowlers: Luke Wood, Brydon Carse, Josh Little

Captain: Curtis Campher
Vice-captain: Will Jacks

ENG: 6 Players; IRE: 5 Players

ENG vs IRE, 1st ODI: Cricket Fantasy Team for Winner Takes All/Grand Leagues

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Wicketkeepers: Lorcan Tucker, Phil Salt
Batters: Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ben Duckett
All-rounders: Curtis Campher, Will Jacks, Rehan Ahmed
Bowlers: Luke Wood, Mark Adair, Josh Little

Captain: Phil Salt
Vice-captain: Lorcan Tucker

ENG: 7 Players; IRE: 4 Players