England in throes of Ireland

ENGLAND'S Ashes heroes were given a reality check as they spluttered to 203 for nine against Ireland in Thursday's one-day international in Belfast.

ENGLAND'S Ashes heroes were given a reality check as they spluttered to 203 for nine against Ireland in Thursday's one-day international in Belfast.

Just five days after regaining the famous urn with a 197-run victory over Australia in the final Test at the Oval, England seemed to be suffering a hangover from their celebrations.

Although England brought a strong ODI squad to Stormont, minus captain Andrew Strauss, pace bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson were left out.

England also omitted former Ireland batsman Eoin Morgan, which meant Oval hero Jonathan Trott, Kent batsman Joe Denly and Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid all featured for the first time in a one-day international.

But Trott fell for nought in a disastrous start. It was not until the 21st ball of the innings that England scored a run off the bat.

Trent Johnston's opening spell of 6-2-7-2 was a perfect way for him to celebrate his 100th appearance for his adopted nation.He took final figures of four for 26 in conditions perfect for his medium-fast repertoire and the Irish will be confident of claiming another famous scalp. - AFP

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