Bairstow channels frustrations by eyeing Champions Trophy spot

Fresh from a career-best 174 for Yorkshire on Wednesday, Bairstow came in and gave it a whirl alongside Adil Rashid, the pair adding 88 in 46 balls to push the score over 300 - finally settling on 328 for six.

In reply Ireland were bowled out for 243 in the 47th over, with William Porterfield playing a captains innings of 82.

Adil Rashid returned the second-best figures by an England spinner in a one-day global as the hosts romped to a seven-wicket win in their series opener against Ireland at Bristol today.

Rashid was the star of the show, taking 5-27 in eight overs to register England's second best ODI bowling figures for a spinner, while Root chipped in with two wickets as Moeen Ali's chances of being selected became slimmer.

It was a decision made all the more understandable by the fact Ireland had been dismissed for just 126 during a seven-wicket defeat by England in the first of this two-match series at Bristol on Friday.

J.J. Roy c Stirling b McCarthy 20 A.D. Hales b Murtagh 32 J.E. Root c Balbirnie b Chase 73 E.J.G.

Buttler, along with all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will be back to the national squad once IPL ends and will be with England when they continue their Champions Trophy build-up with a three-match home series against South Africa later this month.

After the mis-match in Bristol on Friday Eoin Morgan's side were looking for a stronger pre-tournament tune-up from the tourists, who in turn needed to salvage some pride and stave off grumblings about their impending leap to Test status.

Man of the Match Joe Root: "We're building momentum towards the Champions Trophy and this was another step towards that".

England, with Bairstow leading the way, scored 61 runs in the last five overs of their innings.

Paul Stirling's breezy 48 raised hopes of another upset, but Ireland lost wickets at regular intervals after the opener had edged Jake Ball behind.

England will play at least two internationals in Cardiff next month, with the first game against New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy group A on June 6th and may return for a semi-final if they top their group, but will certainly be back for the third game in the NatWest IT20 Series against South Africa on June 25th.

England eased to an 85-run victory over Ireland at Lord's to claim a 2-0 success in the ODI series.

Bairstow smashed Murtagh for two big sixes before Rashid fell for a very handy 39, gloving one to the keeper.

Ireland skipper Portferfield on the visitors" improvement: "I thought we were much improved today. "But to be back for the first game (of the summer), in hindsight if I had looked at it like that - "I'll get back for the first England game" - I would have been over the moon and sort of took your hand off". We put a lot of things right - we bowled well and kept going when the big partnership got going and it took Jonny Bairstow to play well to get them to that big total.

When Gary Wilson was lbw to Rashid, Ireland were 93 for five.

Alex Hales (55) and Test captain Joe Root (49 not out) then saw England to their victory target of 127 for the loss of three wickets.

  • Julie Sanders