Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss, ICC World Cup 2019, Ashes 2019
England’s one-off ODI against Ireland kick-starts an important summer for England with the ICC World Cup 2019 on the horizon and the Ashes 2019 up next. @ AFP/Getty Images

Eoin Morgan has warned his England team-mates that they must be prepared to be “taken out of their comfort zone” in their one-off ODI against Ireland on Friday. The match kick-starts an important summer for England with the ICC World Cup 2019 on the horizon and the Ashes 2019 up next.

England’s build up to Dublin has been quite dramatic. Alex Hales has been axed from the squad after serving a drugs ban, while Chris Woakes and Jason Roy are not going to be risked with injury. Mark Wood is playing for Durham instead which clears the way for Jofra Archer to make his long-awaited debut.

“Ireland are a tricky team, particularly at that time of year, and it will be a difficult game. Games like that, you need to be turning up knowing what you’re up against and preparing well for it. It takes us out of our comfort zone,” the England captain said on Thursday. (ALSO READ: Jofra Archer set for international debut as England face Ireland in Dublin)

Meanwhile, MCC members voted unanimously in favour of the £52million project to develop the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s. The date of commencement of the work is fixed for August 27 and the project will be completed by the summer of 2021. The ground’s capacity will increase by 2,600 as a result.

Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara was also confirmed as MCC’s first non-British president. His one-year term will begin in October.