Thursday’s one-day international against Ireland will see the run-out of an experimental squad, led by Dublin-born batsman Eoin Morgan.
Morgan started his international career with Ireland in 2006, so will be facing former team mates. His appointment for the game will give regular one-day skipper Alastair Cook a well-earned rest. Team Director Andy Flower will also be away, with assistant coach Richard Halsall standing in.
However a couple of the key personnel from this month’s Test series against India will be absent, taking well-earned rest.
The selectors have opted to use the one-off fixture to test some promising talent. Leicestershire batsman James Taylor, Yorkshire wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow, as well as all-rounder Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, who both play for Durham, could all make their international debuts. They are joined by Jonathan Trott, back to fitness after missing the last two Tests against India with a shoulder injury, and Graham Onions who returns to the international scene after 19 months out.
England national selector Geoff Miller said: "The squad we're looking to take to Ireland involves a number of exciting young England players as we rest several players currently involved in the npower Test series against India.
"By resting several players that have played international cricket since the start of the summer the opportunity has arisen for a number of talented up and coming players to continue their development on the international stage.
"We know from previous encounters that Ireland are a tough one-day outfit and we'll be fielding a very strong England side that will need to play well."
With the Test series against India not due to finish until tomorrow, the experimental Three Lions side in Dublin will be a chance to look at the potential long term succession to one of England’s most successful sides in history.