England are now the number one Test side in the world and the aim must surely be to match that achievement when it comes to the one-day and the Twenty20 format of the game.
The 4-0 victory over India was thoroughly impressive and several members of that seemingly-invincible English Test side will now be in Dublin on Thursday hoping to gain some form of revenge for the defeat in the 2011 World Cup earlier this year.
England are strong favourites at 2/7 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) although you will not find many household names in the team for this match, with many senior players getting a rest after their exertions this summer.
Craig Kieswetter is likely to open up the batting with Jonathan Trott providing that the latter is fit enough to play and he can be backed at 7/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to be the top run scorer in Dublin, while Eoin Morgan (5/1 Ladbrokes) will be especially looking forward to the contest.
Morgan will captain the England side for the return to his homeland and nothing would give him greater pleasure than a first-class knock in front of a predominantly Irish crowd.
However, the majority of supporters will be hoping to see the same outcome on Thursday as that which occurred at Bangalore six months ago and the Irish are an 11/4 chance to claim victory and dent the English bubble.
Many punters won’t recognise the name of Jade Dernbach, although the Surrey bowler could yet become a big player for England and he is 11/4 (bet365) to take the most Irish wickets.