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England’s Liam Livingstone warms up before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between England and Ireland at Melbourne Cricket Ground – Getty Images

04:46

And Ireland ..

Paul Stirling
Andrew Balbirnie (c)
Lorcan Tucker (wk)
Harry Tector
Curtis Camper
George Dockrell
Gareth Delany
Marco Adair
Hand of Fionn
Barry McCarthy
Little Joshua

04:44

England team

Here is England XI:

Jos Buttler (c / c)
Alex Hales
Dawid Malan
Ben Stokes
Liam Livingstone
Harry Brook
Moeen Ali
Sam Curran
Chris wakes up
Adil Rashid
Marco Wood

04:34

First the England bowl

England have won the draw and will play in Melbourne. It rains a little in the area this morning. England will try to take advantage of it.

Jos Buttler’s squad remained unchanged from the one against Afghanistan in Perth.

04:15

Good morning..

… to those of you busy enough to brave the wee hours and welcome to live coverage of England’s second match in the T20 World Cup.

Today, Jos Buttler’s team take on Ireland at the MCG. Unfortunately the stands are not as full to the rafters as they were for India’s classic clash with Pakistan on Sunday, but nevertheless this match has enormous significance for both teams.

England started their campaign with a fairly solid win over a slippery Afghan side in Perth on Saturday and will now be keen to kick off and set a proper benchmark for the rest of the tournament.

Make no mistake, this English side are among the favorites to emerge from this situation as world champion, but they seemed nervous in Perth, tiptoeing to a score of 113 over 18 overs after an excellent performance on the pitch had limited Afghanistan at 112.

Obviously more domination with the bat will be required and it would not be a shock to see Buttler and his men release a bit of their chains against an Irish team that, while talented, today does not have the quality of its opponents.

This meeting is the first time these two teams have met in an ICC competition since Ireland’s historic success over England in Bangalore at the 2011 World Cup. However, that was an evolving English side, this is not.

Ireland have shown some pedigree so far in Australia, with a big win over the West Indies last week underlining the quality of Andrew Balbirnie’s side.

Whether this is enough to make a dent at this stage of the competition remains to be seen, even if the signals weren’t good following a nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

That said, if there is a match in this tournament, the Irish will have a little more reserve because it is definitely this one.

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