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Test No.2352
Teams Flag of England England v Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland
Test number 2352
Date 24,25,26,27 July 2019 (4-day match)
Venue Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Toss England, elected to bat first
Result England won by 143 runs
Man of the Match Flag of England Jack Leach
Umpires Aleem Dar & Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Last Test Test No.2351
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England 85 and 303 (Leach 92, Roy 72) beat Ireland 207 and 38 (Woakes 6-17, Broad 4-19) by 143 runs

England have completed one of the great comeback victories in Test history after bowling out Ireland for 38 in the fourth innings at Lord's.

Not since 1907, when England defeated South Africa in Leeds despite having made just 76 in their first innings, has a side won a Test having made such a low first-innings score. But despite England being bowled out for 85 before lunch on the first day, a devastating spell of new ball bowling from Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad saw Ireland bowled out in just 15.4 overs to leave England the victors by 143 runs. It is the fifth lowest first-innings total in history to have resulted in a win and the first Test since 1887 in which two sides have each been bowled out in a single session.

Ireland had been set just 182 to win after Stuart Thompson struck with the first ball of the morning. But in gloomy conditions, Woakes and Broad bowled with great control and gained sharp movement to dismiss them for the lowest total in the history of Tests on this ground (the previous lowest was 42 made by India against England in 1974) and in the fewest number of deliveries (94).

It is the seventh lowest total in Test history and the lowest anywhere since South Africa were bowled out for 36 in Melbourne in 1932. Woakes finished with 6 for 17 - his Test-best figures - in completing the third five-for of his Test career; all three have come at Lord's.

While Ireland looked every inch the equal of England for much of this game, in the defining moments the extra experience and quality showed. And sensing Ireland's nervousness in gloomy conditions, Broad and Woakes seemed to raise their game in a manner they struggled to achieve in the first innings. Supported by some fine catching in the cordon, England will know the final margin of victory - and the fact that it was achieved in just seven sessions - does not fully reflect the competitive nature of the entire match.

The day had started well for Ireland. Stuart Thompson bowled Olly Stone with the first ball of the day - one that nipped back sharply down the slope to send the leg-stump cartwheeling - to end the England innings and dismiss them for 303.

But perhaps that degree of movement boded ill for Ireland. Play was first delayed and then interrupted by rain and, with the floodlights on and the conditions murky, it was pretty much ideal for England's seamers. And in such conditions and with this Duke's ball, they are a tough proposition.

While Ireland would have hoped for a steady start to settle nerves in a dressing room hunting a first win in Test cricket, they lost their captain, William Porterfield, in just the fourth over. Forced to play at one angled across him, Porterfield edged a low chance which was brilliantly taken, one handed and diving to his left, by Jonny Bairstow. Andrew Balbirnie, perhaps unsettled by Broad's pace and hostility, was drawn into poking at one he could have left - Joe Root took the chance at first slip - before Paul Stirling, set up by one that lifted and left him, was bowled next ball by one that came into him up the slope; a fine piece of bowling from Woakes.

From there things became really ugly for Ireland. They lost three wickets with their score on 24 - James McCollom edging a well-directed outswinger; Gary Wilson leg before to one that came up the slope - a decision won by reviewing the umpire's original not out call - and Kevin O'Brien was trapped in front by one that nipped back sharply to strike him on the pad.

While Mark Adair pulled a six off Broad, the bowler immediately had his revenge as he beat a lavish drive with a fuller delivery, Thompson steered one to slip and Andy McBrine poked at one that left him. By the time Tim Murtagh, unfortunate to be on the losing side after claiming 5 for 13 on the first morning, was bowled Ireland were reeling. England had not successfully defended such a low target in a Test this century.

England will know they will have to improve their performance substantially if they are to prevail in the Ashes. They collapsed in both innings, after all, and were saved by a most improbable intervention from their nightwatchman, Jack Leach, who was named man of the match for is batting. But they will be encouraged that, under pressure and with the match to be defined, they were able to step up their standards considerably.

For Ireland this innings will sting for some time. And perhaps they will rue their first innings, too: at 132-2 they had this game at their mercy. Had they been able to bat into the second day, in far better batting conditions, they could have taken this game beyond England. But perhaps they, too, can take encouragement from the fact that they - in their third Test - were right in the game for the first three innings against a side playing their 1,011th Test. Give more opportunity, given more experience they will take these opportunities.

Either way, for the second time in as many weeks, this old ground has served up a wonderfully dramatic, impossibly entertaining and absurdly unlikely match. A reminder, surely, that whatever the format, cricket's charms remain undimmed.

Flag of England England 1st innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Rory Burns c †Wilson b Murtagh 6 25 0 0 24.00
Jason Roy c Stirling b Murtagh 5 11 0 0 45.45
Joe Denly lbw b Adair 23 28 4 0 82.14
Joe Root (c) lbw b Adair 2 7 0 0 28.57
Jonny Bairstow b Murtagh 0 6 0 0 0.00
Moeen Ali c †Wilson b Murtagh 0 7 0 0 0.00
Chris Woakes lbw b Murtagh 0 2 0 0 0.00
Sam Curran c McCollum b Rankin 18 16 2 0 112.50
Stuart Broad c †Wilson b Rankin 3 16 0 0 18.75
Olly Stone b Adair 19 18 4 0 105.55
Jack Leach not out 1 8 0 0 12.50
Extras (b 0; lb 5; nb 2; w 1) 8
Total (10 wickets; 23.4 overs) 85

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Jason Roy, 2.4 ov), 2-36 (Joe Denly, 9.5 ov), 3-36 (Rory Burns, 10.4 ov), 4-42 (Joe Root, 11.6 ov), 5-42 (Jonny Bairstow, 12.4 ov), 6-42 (Chris Woakes, 12.6 ov), 7-43 (Moeen Ali, 14.2 ov), 8-58 (Stuart Broad, 18.4 ov), 9-67 (Sam Curran, 20.1 ov), 10-85 (Olly Stone, 23.4 ov)

Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Tim Murtagh 9 2 13 5 1.44
Mark Adair 7.4 1 32 3 4.17
Stuart Thompson 4 1 30 0 7.50
Boyd Rankin 3 1 5 2 1.66
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 1st innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
William Porterfield (c) c Leach b Curran 14 40 2 0 35.00
James McCollum b Curran 19 54 3 0 35.18
Andy Balbirnie b Stone 55 69 10 0 79.71
Paul Stirling lbs b Broad 36 43 4 0 83.72
Kevin O'Brien not out 28 73 2 0 38.35
Gary Wilson c Root b Stone 0 4 0 0 0.00
Stuart Thompson b Broad 0 5 0 0 0.00
Mark Adair b Curran 3 9 0 0 33.33
Andy McBrine b Broad 11 36 2 0 30.55
Tim Murtagh c Burns b Stone 16 10 4 0 160.00
Boyd Rankin b Ali 7 7 1 0 100.00
Extras (b 10; lb 6; w 2) 18
Total (10 wickets; 58.2 overs) 207

Fall of wickets: 1-32 (William Porterfield, 12.1 ov), 2-45 (James McCollum, 18.4 ov), 18.4 ov), 3-132 (Paul Stirling, 33.3 ov), 4-138 (Andy Balbirnie, 36.1 ov), 5-138 (Gary Wilson, 36.5 ov), 6-141 (Stuart Thompson, 39.1 ov), 7-149 (Mark Adair, 43.1 ov), 8-174 (Andy McBrine, 52.4 ov), 9-195 (Tim Murtagh, 55.3 ov), 10-207 (Boyd Rankin, 58.2 ov)

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Stuart Broad 19 5 60 3 3.15
Chris Woakes 10 2 34 0 3.40
Olly Stone 12 3 29 3 2.41
Sam Curran 10 3 28 3 2.80
Jack Leach 3 0 26 0 8.66
Moeen Ali 4.2 1 14 1 3.23
Flag of England England 2nd innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Jack Leach c Adair b Murtagh 92 162 16 0 56.79
Rory Burns c †Wilson b Rankin 6 26 0 0 23.07
Jason Roy b Thompson 72 78 10 1 92.30
Joe Denly run out (O'Brien/McBrine) 10 31 0 0 32.25
Joe Root (c) c †Wilson b Adair 31 64 3 0 50.00
Jonny Bairstow lbw b Adair 0 6 0 0 0.00
Moeen Ali c †Wilson b Rankin 9 20 1 0 45.00
Chris Woakes c Balbirnie b Adair 13 19 3 0 68.42
Sam Curran c McCollum b Thompson 37 29 4 2 127.58
Stuart Broad not out 21 25 2 1 84.00
Olly Stone b Thompson 0 11 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1; lb 7; nb 4; w 0) 12
Total (10 wickets; 77.5 overs) 303

Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Rory Burns, 10.4 ov), 2-171 (Jason Roy, 40.3 ov), 3-182 (Jack Leach, 45.4 ov), 4-194 (Joe Denly, 52.2 ov), 5-194 (Jonny Bairstow, 53.6 ov), 6-219 (Moeen Ali, 60.4 ov), 7-239 (Joe Root, 65.2 ov), 8-248 (Chris Woakes, 67.5 ov), 9-293 (Sam Curran, 73.6 ov), 10-303 (Olly Stone, 77.5 ov)

Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Tim Murtagh 18 3 52 1 2.88
Mark Adair 20 7 66 3 3.30
Boyd Rankin 17 1 86 2 5.05
Stuart Thompson 12.5 0 44 3 3.42
Andy McBrine 10 1 47 0 4.70
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 2nd innings (Target: 182)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
William Porterfield (c) c †Bairstow b Woakes 2 19 0 0 10.52
James McCollum c Root b Woakes 11 17 1 0 64.70
Andy Balbirnie c Root b Broad 5 10 1 0 50.00
Paul Stirling b Woakes 0 2 0 0 0.00
Kevin O'Brien lbw b Broad 4 8 1 0 50.00
Gary Wilson lbw b Woakes 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stuart Thompson c Root b Woakes 4 9 1 0 44.44
Mark Adair b Broad 8 15 0 1 53.33
Andy McBrine c Root b Broad 0 2 0 0 0.00
Tim Murtagh b Woakes 2 5 0 0 40.00
Boyd Rankin not out 0 5 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 1; lb 1; nb 0; w 0) 2
Total (10 wickets; 14.4 overs) 38

Fall of wickets: 1-11 (William Porterfield, 3.6 ov), 2-18 (Andy Balbirnie, 6.6 ov), 3-19 (Paul Stirling, 7.3 ov), 4-24 (James McCollum, 9.1 ov), 5-24 (Gary Wilson, 9.3 ov), 6-24 (Kevin O'Brien, 10.1 ov), 7-32 (Mark Adair, 12.5 ov), 8-36 (Stuart Thompson, 13.5 ov), 9-36 (Andy McBrine, 14.1 ov), 10-38 (Tim Murtagh, 15.4 ov)

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Stuart Broad 8 3 19 4 2.37
Chris Woakes 7.4 2 17 6 2.21

Match details

Close of play

  • day 1 - England 2nd innings 0/0 (MJ Leach 0*, RJ Burns 0*, 1 ov)
  • day 2 - England 2nd innings 303/9 (SCJ Broad 21*, OP Stone 0*, 77.4 ov)
  • day 3 - Ireland 2nd innings 38 (15.4 ov) - end of match

Match notes Day 1

  • Lunch: Ireland - 0/0
  • End Of Day: England - 0/0 in 1.0 overs (MJ Leach 0, RJ Burns 0)
  • Drinks: Ireland - 29/0 in 11.3 overs (WTS Porterfield 11, JA McCollum 11)
  • Over 11.6: Review by Ireland (Bowling), Umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge, Batsman - JE Root (Upheld)
  • Drinks: England - 42/6 in 13.0 overs (MM Ali 0)
  • Over 12.6: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - CR Woakes (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • England: 50 runs in 15.2 overs (94 balls), Extras 7
  • Over 18.4: Review by Ireland (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - SCJ Broad (Upheld)
  • Ireland: 50 runs in 19.1 overs (115 balls), Extras 8
  • Innings Break: England - 85/10 in 23.4 overs (MJ Leach 1)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 47 balls (A Balbirnie 23, PR Stirling 26, Ex 1)
  • Ireland: 100 runs in 26.6 overs (162 balls), Extras 8
  • A Balbirnie: 50 off 56 balls (9 x 4)
  • Tea: Ireland - 127/2 in 32.0 overs (A Balbirnie 51, PR Stirling 35)
  • Over 33.3: Review by Ireland (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - PR Stirling (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Drinks: Ireland - 149/6 in 43.0 overs (KJ O'Brien 14, MR Adair 3)
  • Ireland: 150 runs in 44.5 overs (269 balls), Extras 8
  • Over 55.6: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - KJ O'Brien (Struck down)
  • Ireland: 200 runs in 56.6 overs (342 balls), Extras 14
  • Innings Break: Ireland - 207/10 in 58.2 overs (KJ O'Brien 28)

Day 2

  • Drinks: England - 26/1 in 10.4 overs (MJ Leach 18)
  • England: 50 runs in 12.4 overs (77 balls), Extras 2
  • Drinks: England - 71/1 in 20.0 overs (MJ Leach 43, JJ Roy 18)
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (MJ Leach 29, JJ Roy 20, Ex 2)
  • MJ Leach: 50 off 82 balls (8 x 4)
  • England: 100 runs in 25.1 overs (152 balls), Extras 4
  • JJ Roy: 50 off 47 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Lunch: England - 122/1 in 30.0 overs (MJ Leach 60, JJ Roy 52)
  • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 121 balls (MJ Leach 42, JJ Roy 56, Ex 2)
  • England: 150 runs in 37.2 overs (225 balls), Extras 7
  • Drinks: England - 155/1 in 38.0 overs (MJ Leach 72, JJ Roy 70)
  • Drinks: England - 186/3 in 48.0 overs (JL Denly 6, JE Root 1)
  • Over 53.6: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batsman - JM Bairstow (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • England: 200 runs in 54.6 overs (334 balls), Extras 10
  • Tea: England - 209/5 in 57.0 overs (JE Root 12, MM Ali 7)
  • England: 250 runs in 68.1 overs (413 balls), Extras 11
  • Over 74.2: Review by Ireland (Bowling), Umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge, Batsman - SCJ Broad (Struck down)
  • England: 300 runs in 75.6 overs (460 balls), Extras 12
  • Bad Light: England - 303/9 in 77.4 overs (SCJ Broad 21, OP Stone 0)
  • Rain: England - 303/9 in 77.4 overs (SCJ Broad 21, OP Stone 0)
  • End Of Day: England - 303/9 in 77.4 overs (SCJ Broad 21, OP Stone 0)

Day 3

  • Rain: England - 303/9 in 77.4 overs (SCJ Broad 21, OP Stone 0)
  • Drinks: Ireland - 24/3 in 8.4 overs (JA McCollum 11, KJ O'Brien 4)
  • Over 9.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - RSA Palliyaguruge, Batsman - GC Wilson (Upheld)
  • Rain: England - 303/9 in 77.4 overs (SCJ Broad 21, OP Stone 0)
  • Innings Break: England - 303/10 in 77.5 overs (SCJ Broad 21)

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