The final ODI of a three-match series between England and Ireland takes place at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday afternoon.

A four-wicket victory last time out saw the hosts secure the series win with a game to spare, yet this last dual isn’t meaningless.

For Eoin Morgan and the selectors, it’s a chance to tinker with the playing XI and to inject some freshness into an understrength side that did a job on Saturday without looking entirely convincing.

England v Ireland - 2nd One Day International: Royal London Series
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Here are three changes England should make for the third ODI:

1. OUT: Reece Topley, IN: Tom Curran

Topley put in a solid performance in the second match, particularly given it was his first international appearance since 2016.

The Surrey left-armer took the wicket of Andy McBrine and was the most economical of his side’s quicks, conceding just three boundaries from his nine overs.

However, the 26-year-old has been ruled out of the final fixture with a minor groin strain [The Cricketer], with the only other seamer in the squad, Tom Curran, likely to benefit.

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Curran was a little unfortunate to be rotated out of the XI for the second ODI, so he’ll return with a point to prove.

He’ll want to show that with his pace and variations, he can be the man to take wickets in the middle overs for England.

2. OUT: Moeen Ali, IN: Liam Dawson

Moeen Ali is an extremely talented cricketer who has made big contributions with bat, ball and in the field since making his debut in all three formats in 2014.

The 33-year-old is struggling for form at the minute though and should be given a breather for this final match.

Ali is so far wicketless in the series and has struggled to provide breakthroughs for a while now in white-ball cricket. In fact, since the beginning of 2019, he has taken just seven wickets from 120 overs at an average of almost 100.

The Worcestershire all-rounder can be explosive with bat in hand but averaged less than 20 in both 2018 and 2019 and his weakness against the short ball was exposed again by Josh Little on Saturday.

Ali’s struggles should ensure Liam Dawson – the only fit player named in the original squad who is yet to feature – is given an opportunity.

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As a left-arm spinner, he offers something different and we’re yet to really see what he’s capable of in the international arena.

Numbers aren’t everything, but the 30-year-old Hampshire star has a vastly superior List A bowling average to Ali as well as a better batting average at an impressive strike-rate of 95.

3. OUT: James Vince, IN: Liam Livingstone

James Vince was bowled by the all-action Curtis Campher for 16 on Saturday ensuring another promising start ended in disappointment.

Both of Vince’s knocks in this series have been typical of his efforts to date in the international arena.

He’s a player who has bags of ability and at times looks a class above, but who consistently finds ways of getting out.

A solitary fifty from 13 innings in ODI cricket isn’t the sort of return England need from a top-order batsman and this upcoming match brings a chance to switch it up and give an emerging talent his debut in the format.

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Liam Livingstone has shown at county level and on the T20 circuit that he’s capable of devastating innings.

With a career strike-rate approaching 100 in List A cricket, he’s the kind of dominant player the opposition are unlikely to want to bowl at, while his own useful spin bowling is another string to his bow.

The 27-year-old was a late call-up to the squad but he played in a warm-up fixture and will be desperate to show what he can do at this level.

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