Zak Crawley looks to ‘lead from the front’
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In the absence of almost the entire World Cup squad, Crawley takes charge of a group containing four uncapped players.

It will be Root’s home ground of Headingley that hosts Wednesday’s opening match of the three-match series.

“Getting runs and fielding well will help my captaincy a lot,” Crawley said.

Kent opener Crawley, 25, has played 39 Tests for England, but he has not been able to break into a very strong white-ball team that is a world champion in both limited-overs formats.

In 2021, he was part of an entirely new squad after the initial group was ruled out because of a Covid outbreak.

Now he is in charge of a party that includes Derbyshire pace bowler George Scrimshaw, Surrey wicketkeeper-batter Jamie Smith, Warwickshire batter Sam Hain and Lancashire left-arm spinner Tom Hartley.

The players involved in the game against the Irish could be asked to be on standby for the World Cup in India, which begins on 5 October.

“We all know how this England white-ball team has played over the past eight years,” Crawley said.

It’s through being aggressive, showing people what skill and quality you have. That’s what we should all strive for this week.”