Cricket World Cup 2011
England win toss, elect to bat
Andrew Strauss (AP)
Banaglore - England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat against Ireland in a World Cup Group B match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
Fast bowler Stuart Broad returned from illness and replaced fellow seamer Ajmal Shahzad in the only change to the England side that dramatically tied its previous group game with co-hosts India on Sunday.
That meant swing specialist James Anderson kept his place despite conceding 91 runs against India -- the most by an England bowler in any World Cup match.
Ireland, who lost their opener to Bangladesh by 27 runs, brought in Australia-born all-rounder Alex Cusack for Andrew White and batsman Gary Wilson came in for seamer Andre Botha, who injured his groin during the warm-up.
Ireland's Ed Joyce was playing against England for the first time since reverting to the land of his birth after his international career with England ended following the 2007 World Cup.
This was Ireland's first all-professional team, with seven players - captain William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Joyce, Niall O'Brien, George Dockrell and Wilson - all signed by English counties, while the other four were on Irish contracts.
England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior (wkt), Michael Yardy, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson
Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien (wkt), Alex Cusack, Kevin O'Brien, Gary Wilson, John Mooney, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Billy Bowden (NZL)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)
Pitch conditions: This pitch is one across from the strip where India and England scored a mammoth 676 runs betwween them on Sunday. This surface had more grass on it, offering seamers on both sides hope of movement where there was none at the weekend, but still looked a good batting pitch.