LONDON – Former England captain Michael Vaughan branded England's astonishing battling collapse against minnows Ireland at Lord's as “embarrassing” after the hosts were skittled for 85 on the first day of the four-day test on Wednesday.
In their first test match in a summer dominated by the one-day World Cup, England could not even muster three figures against a nation playing its third test match ever.
A week before Joe Root's side take on Australia in the first Ashes test at Edgbaston, Ireland's London-born seamer Tim Murtagh exposed the fragility of England's batting, taking five for 13 in nine superb overs on a pitch that, while offering some movement, should not have held terrors for a top nation.
England lasted 23.4 overs as they were bowled out before lunch on the first morning of a Lord's test for the first time.
To make matters worse Ireland were playing just their third match since being given test status in 2017 - the previous two against Pakistan and Afghanistan ending in defeats.