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ENG vs IRE 1st ODI: Joe Root Denied World Cup Prep as Rain Washes Out Ireland ODI

Published By: Aakash Biswas

Last Updated: September 21, 2023, 08:05 IST

ENG vs IRE 1st ODI was ashed out due to rain

ENG vs IRE 1st ODI was ashed out due to rain

Even after the rain subsided, the umpires were concerned for the players’ safety on saturated areas of the outfield and the bowlers’ run-ups.

England’s opening one-day international against Ireland was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Wednesday, denying Joe Root a World Cup warm-up.

With the rest of England’s first-choice squad rested ahead of next week’s departure for India, Root requested to be included for the first of a three-match series after a lean return with the bat in four matches against New Zealand.

However, he never got on the field at his home ground as heavy rain prevented even the possibility of a 20-over-a-side game at Headingley.

Even after the rain subsided, the umpires were concerned for the players’ safety on saturated areas of the outfield and the bowlers’ run-ups.

The sides will try again at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

England begins their defence of the World Cup against New Zealand on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

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