England warmed up quite nicely for their games against South Africa and the 2017 Champions Trophy with a 2-0 win against Ireland in their two-match series that concluded on Sunday.
After a crushing win in the first ODI of the series two days ago, England completed a series win by beating Ireland by a comfortable 85 runs. Joe Root guided the side to a win with a fine all-round performance.
Root first hammered a 73-ball 73 before taking the ball and picking up three wickets in his 10-over spell to thwart the Irish chase. Ireland were bowled out for 248 in reply to England’s 328 for six from their 50 overs.
England were propped up to their score by 70s from the trio of Root, captain Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow, whose 72 came off 44 balls, before Liam Plunkett and Root grabbed three wickets apiece to ensure a convincing win.
William Porterfield managed to score 82 off 83 balls for Ireland but it was never enough once they lost Paul Stirling with the score of 68.
It was a marked improvement from Ireland in this game after having been crushed in their first ODI, losing to England by seven wickets. They had been bowled out for 126 in that first ODI, which was then chased down in 20 overs by England.
England will now move to face South Africa in a three-match ODI series starting on May 24. The other two matches will be played on May 27 and May 29 before the two sides feature in the Champions Trophy.
Ireland will next take part in a tri-series with Bangladesh and New Zealand as the other teams at home.