Moeen Ali again left out by England as Ireland bowl first

Moeen Ali again left out by England as Ireland bowl first

Moeen Ali again left out by England as Ireland bowl first

Porterfield's tourists failed to do themselves justice in the first Royal London Series match, losing on their worldwide bow in England before the scheduled lunch break could even take place between innings.

Adil Rashid claimed career-best figures of 5-27 as England romped to a thumping seven-wicket victory over Ireland in the first one-day worldwide, at Bristol.

With the second and final ODI being held at Lord's on Sunday, Morgan and Billings will head back to the IPL soon after to represent the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils respectively.

The comprehensive win saw England start their build-up to next month's Champions Trophy tournament on home soil in style and Rashid told BBC Radio: "It was nice to bowl my variations".

Rashid struggled in the five-match Test series in India despite being England's highest wicket-taker.

All of Wood's eight Tests to date came in his breakthrough year of 2015, with the Durham man taking the wicket that sealed England's Ashes series victory over Australia at Trent Bridge.

Leg-spinner Rashid took five wickets to help bowl Ireland out for 126 before Hales struck 55 off 39 balls to lead England to their easy target.

"I think we were probably sweeping it under the carpet a little bit", said the former New Zealand coach.

Moeen Ali endured a frustrating day at Bristol on Friday. Alex Hales is a risky opener at the best of times but a brute when a low chase is in front of him and the Nottinghamshire player clobbered 55 from 39 balls, including 10 fours, before he skied a catch to Ireland skipper William Porterfield off Chase to leave England on 78 for two in the 12th over.

Root hung around to get the job done alongside his Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow, the England captain earlier having taken two wickets with his off-spin, including ending Porterfield's laboured knock after he scored 13 from 45 balls. "I feel as though I am improving and hopefully I can carry it on", he gushed.

Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Andy Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk), Craig Young.

But he has come nowhere near those heights since and he was lbw for four, failing to pick Rashid's googly.

Rashid, selected ahead of Moeen Ali, landed his googly consistently well to befuddle Ireland to such a degree that the match ended almost four hours early. This was desperately disappointing defeat for Ireland, who could be granted Test status next month.

"We wouldn't necessarily have envisaged that spin would do the damage".

Former England batsman Steve James, writing in Saturday's edition of The Times, said that many Ireland players were "a long way past their best, sliding head-long down the other side of their career mountains".

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