England v Ireland: Hosts bowled out for 85 as 20 wickets fall

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Highlights: Ireland bowl England out for 85 before lunch
Specsavers Test, Lord's (day one of four)
England 85 (Murtagh 5-13, Adair 3-32, Rankin 2-5) & 0-0
Ireland 207 (Balbirnie 55; Curran 3-28, Stone 3-29, Broad 3-52)
England trail by 122 runs
Scorecard

England suffered the indignity of being bowled out for 85 by Ireland before fighting back on a day when 20 wickets fell at Lord's.

On the ground where they won the World Cup only 10 days ago and with just over a week before the Ashes begin, the long-standing deficiencies in England's batting were once again exposed.

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh, playing on his home ground, picked up 5-13 as England were bowled out before lunch after winning the toss.

At one stage, the home side lost six wickets for seven runs and gave up all 10 in a single session for the fourth time in three years.

When Ireland reached 132-2, thanks mainly to 55 from Andy Balbirnie, England were in danger of being out of the contest against an Ireland side playing only their third Test.

But Stuart Broad and debutant Olly Stone shared four wickets in the evening session to spark an Ireland collapse of 5-17.

The visitors were eventually bowled out for 207, leaving England to negotiate one over and close on 0-0 - trailing by 122 - on a slow surface that is offering a little for bowlers of all kinds.

England are not out of the game, but must produce a second-innings batting performance unrecognisable from their first in order to set Ireland a testing chase.

If they fail, Ireland will be on course for their most famous victory and one of Test cricket's all-time biggest shocks.

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'This is not a dream!' - England all out for 85 before lunch

Reality bites for England

If that raucous World Cup final was one of English cricket's greatest days, there were long periods when this looked like being one of the most humiliating.

Whereas the one-day side proved themselves to be the best on the planet, the Test side - featuring five members of the World Cup squad - reverted to familiar failings, one that will provide major obstacles to winning the Ashes against Australia.

The batting, without the rested Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, was timid, the new-ball bowling ineffective and two catches were missed behind the wicket during a stand of 87 between Balbirnie and Paul Stirling.

That is to take nothing away from Ireland, who were superb for the first two sessions on a baking hot day at a stunned home of cricket.

England began to show signs of improvement before tea and reaped the rewards in the evening session when Broad and Stone pounded a fuller length - both they and Sam Curran ended with three wickets apiece.

Given the carnage of the morning session, it seemed like a major achievement for nightwatchman Jack Leach to survive Murtagh's final over of the day.

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New face, familiar story

England's Test batting has been in a state of flux for seven years, but even with a strong recent history of dismal collapses, this was one of the most feeble.

Yes, the ball moved, but not unusually so for the first morning of a Test. In the face of some nagging and accurate Ireland bowling, England were tentative, hard-handed, without patience and too often deceived.

World Cup winner Jason Roy is the latest to be given a chance at the top of the order and was Murtagh's first victim, pushing at the ball to be caught at first slip.

Roy's opening partner Rory Burns closed the face on a drive off the same bowler to be caught behind in between debutant Mark Adair pinning both Joe Denly and Joe Root lbw.

After that, Murtagh took over. An agitated Jonny Bairstow played an inexplicably expansive drive to be bowled through the gate, Chris Woakes was lbw to one shaving the bails and Moeen Ali prodded behind.

England had capitulated from 36-1 to 43-7 and, had it not been for the late-order shots of Curran and Stone, the scorecard would have been even more shambolic.

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Ireland smell historic upset

On their long road to Test status, Ireland have taken some notable scalps in one-day cricket, but victory here would trump them all.

That they are in with such a strong shout is thanks mainly to the excellence of Murtagh, who rarely topped 75mph yet displayed fingertip control to swing the ball away and nip it back up the slope. At one stage, he sent down 11 deliveries that yielded four wickets for only one run.

He was supported by Adair and Boyd Rankin, who claimed 2-5 against the team for whom he played one Test, as well as some smart catching and clever captaincy by William Porterfield.

Porterfield and James McCollum gave Ireland a steady start, built on by Balbirnie and Stirling, the former playing handsomely through the covers.

Both were given lives off the bowling of Broad. Balbirnie was on 10 when wicketkeeper Bairstow left an edge, with Stirling put down low by first-slip Root on 17.

After Stirling was leg before to Broad and Balbirnie lost his middle stump to give the pacy Stone his maiden wicket, the Ireland middle order was exposed.

Kevin O'Brien held things together with 28 not out from number five, aided by some tail-end swiping that had Ireland fans singing up until last man Rankin was bowled by Moeen.

'It was a special morning' - what they said

Ireland's Tim Murtagh on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Growing up as a kid I was dreaming of being on that honours board, just not from the away dressing room - but I guess it makes it even more special.

"Even the old gits like me had a few nerves this morning. It was a special occasion for everyone and a dream come true for all the guys, no matter how old."

"It was pretty surreal at lunch. If you'd have given us a lead of 100 on the first innings, we'd have snapped your hand off."

England's Olly Stone: "It was a bit of a shock to be bowling so early but we just said we had to bowl how Tim went about it - hit that top of off stump.

"It's natural for there to be a bit of panic in the dressing room when the wickets keep falling, but the boys were calm, having a bit of a laugh and trying to treat it like we were going about it normally.

"I don't think there was a World Cup hangover. We said to try and treat it like a World Cup final. I guess there are a few tired bodies."

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on 5 Live: "We shouldn't take anything away from what Ireland did - it's been a special day for cricket."

Former England batsman Alastair Cook on BBC Test Match Special: "England are still in this game, which is remarkable after getting bowled out for 85 batting first.

"They will have to bat very well now but anything over 160-170 will be incredibly hard for this Ireland side to chase."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: "An amazing day, one you couldn't possibly have predicted.

"There is still part of me that thinks England will bat much better in their second innings and get back into this game."

How's stat?!

  • England's 85 is their ninth lowest total in a home Test.
  • It was their fifth shortest Test innings in terms of balls bowled - 23.4 overs.
  • It was the fourth time they have been bowled out in a session since 2016.
  • Tim Murtagh's 5-13 is the earliest five-wicket haul by a bowler in a Test at Lord's.
  • Stuart Broad now has 440 wickets, moving past South Africa's Dale Steyn and into seventh place on the all-time list.

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