England v Ireland, 1st ODI, Bristol May 5, 2017

Porterfield calls on Ireland to 'get fired up' for Lord's

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'We can't play like that at this level' - Porterfield

William Porterfield, Ireland's captain, is hoping the inspiration of playing an international against England at Lord's for the first time will help his team quickly move on from their heavy defeat in Bristol.

Ireland were beaten by seven wickets with barely half the 100 overs needed as Adil Rashid took 5 for 27 to run through their middle order - the innings collapsing from 81 for 2 to 126 all out. They now have little more than 24 hours to refocus on Sunday's game at Lord's where more than 20,000 spectators are expected, including plenty from across the Irish Sea to bolster those who had travelled to Bristol.

"You don't become bad players overnight. It was one bad game, one bad day at the office. Losing the way we did isn't ideal but it's a mental thing to turn it around," Porterfield said. "We will have an open and honest review, park the game and leave it in Bristol. I think it should be pretty easy to park it once we get to Lord's - you have to be able to get fired up for a game at the Home of Cricket."

He also refused to accept that Ireland were out of their depth against an England team who are among the favourites for the Champions Trophy. In the initial skirmishes Ireland's batsmen, especially the openers Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling, went toe-to-toe with England's quick bowlers before being unable to cope with Rashid's variations.

"I'd never use the phrase 'out of depth'," Porterfield said. "I think we started off pretty positively, the way the two lads went about it and we threatened to rebuild after we lost those two wickets in two overs. We wouldn't necessarily have envisaged that spin would do the damage and, not taking anything away from Rashid, we should have played it a lot better. That's something we need to mentally put right for Sunday."

Despite the problems they encountered facing Rashid - which followed their difficulties in combating Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, who took 16 wickets in the recent five-match ODI series against Ireland and nine in three T20s - Porterfield said that what England's legspinner had delivered was no different to what they were expecting.

"We know he's going to bowl a lot of googlies, it's what he does, especially to the left handers," he said. "It's his main wicket-taking ball. It's nothing new, we just need to play it better. I'd guess he's right up there in England's wicket-taking list in ODIs the last few years."

It wasn't only Rashid's spin that posed problems. Joe Root chipped in with two wickets - including that of Porterfield with his second ball - after England had opted for just the one frontline spinner due to Bristol's short, straight boundaries, which meant no place for Moeen Ali. Although the selection here was very much conditions-specific, there could yet be pressure on Moeen for his place at the Champions Trophy with Eoin Morgan saying Root could become a more regular option with the ball.

"Yes, potentially he is. 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," Morgan said.

However, England's biggest gain was without doubt Rashid even though there will be far tougher days to come. He briefly lost his place in the one-day side in India after being plundered for 50 off five overs in Pune before returning for the three-match series in West Indies in March. With variation being an element England are always looking to have in their attack, an in-form and confident Rashid would be a significant tick.

"It was Adil's day today. I thought he put in a magnificent effort with the ball," Morgan said. "He had a tough winter and has learned a huge amount to come back today with a huge amount of confidence to bowl his variations and show how threatening he can be."

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • InsideHedge on May 6, 2017, 14:33 GMT

    Ireland have few changes from the team who scored a famous win at the 2011 WC against Eng in Bangalore. They had a very good team between 2007 and 2011, probably a couple more years after that too. However, they've failed to produce exciting youngsters to follow players such as the O'Brien brothers, Trent Johnston etc. If the famous victories in the 2007 and 2011 WC won't inspire youngsters then I don't know what will.

    Truth is that this team is playing from past memories. The likes of Afghanistan have overtaken them. Most of the Irish players are playing county cricket in England, and none is a star/top player at their respective county. I don't see how they can take on the best in the world. Awarding them full Test status would be a mistake unless we have two-tier Test cricket.

  • Cricinfouser on May 6, 2017, 9:33 GMT

    I agree. Need to chuck youngsters in.

  • keepcalmandslaptheumpire on May 6, 2017, 9:00 GMT

    Well it just showed that the old guys aren't doing much these days. Need more youth in the team even if they're not as good at the current stage, having 7 guys over 30 and 4 over 35 is just a sign that they need a youth injection. Chase bowled the best of the Irish bowlers and Balbirnie was the best in the batting department. Arguably Porterfield's awful batting 10 off 40 balls caused Balbirnie's dismissal as he was looking to score quickly to make up for the guy at the other end. Just throw anyone in down the order. Can't do much worse than the less talented O'Brien or Porterfield and what does Stuart Thomson do? He's listed as an allroudner who can neither take wickets and has one half century for Ireland against Afghanistan.

  • Hot_n_Sour on May 6, 2017, 1:50 GMT

    Oh Ireland! After all these days finally you've got some matches. Perform here. Atleast win one against Bangladesh or Depleted Newzealand. If not then close a match, don't bundled up like the 1st ODI.

  • jb633 on May 5, 2017, 18:44 GMT

    Hate to sound cliche but the result is irrelevant for Ireland but the performance is everything. They must compete in the next game or there will be very few opportunities to tour one of the big boys in the future. They need to post at least 200 in the next game, anything in excess of 250 will be considered an Irish success even if England knock it off easily. Conceding anything under 325 would also be a success IMO. Lets be honest, this is not the Irish side of 2011 and nor is it the English side of 2011. I do hope they compete better than this. Nothing annoys administrators more than a side that are so poor the game is cut ruthlessly short. Loss of revenue is really bad news for Irish cricket.

  • virendra_s on May 5, 2017, 18:37 GMT

    doing same thing again and again and expecting a different results is madness!

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