Ireland v New Zealand, tri-nation series, Dublin May 13, 2017

New Zealand's fringe names aim to impress

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Match facts

May 14, 2017
Start time 10.45am local (0945 GMT)

Neil Wagner has excelled in whites and now could get his chance in coloured clothes © AFP

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New Zealand have faced Ireland just twice in their 721 ODIs. The last time was nine years ago, in 2008, in Aberdeen. Back then, Brendon McCullum strutted with blonde hair, James Marshall was his opening partner and Daniel Vettori was in charge of New Zealand. McCullum and Marshall's massive tons led New Zealand to 402 for 2, their only 400-plus score to date. The only surviving member of that team in this squad is Ross Taylor.

New Zealand will be without key personnel at least for the start of this series with Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Colin de Grandhomme on duty at the IPL although some may filter over to Ireland as their IPL campaigns conclude. That means New Zealand have the opportunity to test the depth of their reserves in all departments.

Bowling allrounders Seth Rance and Scott Kuggeleijn haven't played an ODI. George Worker has played just two games. Stand-in captain Tom Latham, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls have all struggled for fluency in the format. What better way to show your mettle than perform in tough batting conditions.

Ireland began the tri-series with discipline and accuracy, before rain scuppered their chances of springing an upset on Bangladesh. As has often been the case, Ireland didn't find the penetration they needed to sustain pressure over a considerable period, letting Bangladesh recover from 70 for 4. Still, they'll find that the experience of having played games like those against international teams will hold them in good stead.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

Ireland LLLWW
New Zealand LWLWL

In the spotlight

Paul Stirling is in the midst of a productive run in ODIs: his last eight innings have been 48, 20, 51, 28, 99, 95, 68 and 41. With an impressive strike rate in excess of 90, Stirling, more often than not, gets Ireland off to strong starts with the field restrictions. Against a relatively inexperienced bowling attack, Stirling's attacking approach could put Ireland ahead of the game early.

Ross Taylor found form in New Zealand's home summer against Australia and South Africa. He struck two hundreds and a fifty in taxing batting conditions. Dublin's overhead and underfoot conditions won't suit batting much either. After recovering from the calf strain which kept him out of the last two Tests against South Africa, will he tune-up for the Champions Trophy by continuing to score tough runs?

Team news

The signs from Ireland's bowlers were promising in the 31.1 overs possible in the first ODI. Their seamers were accurate and had Bangladesh stuttering at 70 for 4 at one point. That means Ireland are unlikely to tinker with their bowling combination. If Ed Joyce recovers from the back problem that kept him out of the series opener, he'll slot back in for Stuart Thompson.

Ireland (probable) 1 Ed Joyce/Stuart Thompson, 2 Paul Stirling, 3 William Porterfield (capt), 4 Andy Balbirnie, 5 Niall O'Brien (wk), 6 Gary Wilson, 7 Kevin O'Brien, 8 George Dockrell, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Tim Murtagh, 11 Peter Chase

The New Zealand selectors have shown faith not just in Tom Latham's sound technique, but also his leadership. He will be able to turn to Taylor for experience but elsewhere there will be a new-look to the side. Neil Wagner could make his ODI debut after 32 Test appearances and Hamish Bennett is in line for his first appearance since 2014. The pitch was very green for the Bangladesh game which could mean legspinner Ish Sodhi misses out. Luke Ronchi is set for another chance as opener

New Zealand (probable) 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Luke Ronchi (wk), 3 George Worker, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Neil Broom, 6 James Neesham, 7 Colin Munro, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Neil Wagner, 10 Seth Rance, 11 Hamish Bennett

Pitch and conditions

The series opener was played on a seamer-friendly, green pitch, under cloudy skies with a high chance of rain. Those conditions are unlikely to change. Rain is forecast at 2pm, around the turn of the innings.

Stats and trivia

  • Only three players who were part of the previous encounter between these two sides are in either squad - Ross Taylor, Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson

  • Kevin O'Brien is still three wickets away from becoming the first Ireland bowler to take 100 ODI scalps.

Nikhil Kalro is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  •   FahimAhmed(BengaliBangladeshicricketfan) on May 15, 2017, 7:56 GMT

    Niall o Brian well played though your century was for a losing cause.Had there been that wrong Lbw decision I wonder the Irish had a chance to win.

  •   FahimAhmed(BengaliBangladeshicricketfan) on May 14, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    Rain rain go away.Do not come during tri series.

  • Min2000 on May 14, 2017, 7:42 GMT

    Would have gone with this XI -- Worker, Latham, Nicholls, Taylor, Broom, Munro, Neesham, Santner, Kuggeleijn, Milne, Rance

  • armchair_critic007 on May 14, 2017, 5:34 GMT

    It's sunny right now. Fingers crossed

  • SameOld on May 14, 2017, 4:52 GMT

    I hope NZ give worker a go at the top of the order, and play Nicholls and Munro every match too. Ronchi, Latham, Broom and Taylor are experienced players, and known quantities to a greater or lesser extent. Let's see what the less established guys can do. Same goes for the allrounders and seamers.

  • SameOld on May 14, 2017, 4:42 GMT

    CRICFAN69564930: It's not about how tough the players are. The pitch, bowler's run up and infield all get churned up and useless very quickly if you keep playing in rain. The ball doesn't fair well either. It becomes impossible to play properly within a few minutes, and once the pitch/field is damaged it's often useless for anymore play even once the rain does stop. Even in casual leagues on synthetic pitches most games will be stopped by persistent rain, however light it is. It's frustrating, but wet squibs and rain delays are just part of cricket.

  •   cricfan69564930 on May 14, 2017, 1:33 GMT

    as several commenters have already said,this series looks likely to be badly affected by rain....i think the ICC should allow cricket to be played in light rain...the players are tough enough to face a ball that kills and maims players and spectators...surely they should then be tough enough to play in rain...

  • dogandbone on May 14, 2017, 0:01 GMT

    For me Worker and Munro should be opening, Ronchi 3. then Taylor. Cant believe Latham is even there let alone Captain.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on May 13, 2017, 20:57 GMT

    Cricket Ireland should move the venue somewhere southern hemisphere! Irish weather is not very friendly enough for test or even one day Cricket. Ireland should consider T20 ( I'm not a T20 fan)

  • danishsyed88 on May 13, 2017, 19:05 GMT

    I have a feeling the whole series will be washed out

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