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England v Ireland: World Cup victory celebrations done and dusted as focus shifts to Lord's Test, says Rory Burns

One-off match, Ireland's first as Test side in England, gets under way on Wednesday and will act as Ashes warm-up

Rory Burns does not expect England to suffer from a Cricket World Cup hangover when they host Ireland at Lord's this week.

England will return to the scene of their scintillating win against New Zealand with a four-day Test against Ireland.

The match, Ireland's first as a Test side in England, gets under way on Wednesday and will act as a one-off warm-up ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series.

"To win the final the way they did was incredible," said Surrey opener Burns, who, after making his debut in Sri Lanka last November, is set play his first Test on home soil for England.

"To watch that and then get among the group is just a really exciting time for English cricket.

"Of the 16 in the camp, eight were involved in the World Cup squad, and the other eight were not.

"There are guys for whom it is the start of the international summer, and others who are riding that high.

"Hopefully the ones riding high can reset and the others can really get among it."

The Ashes begin at Edgbaston a week on Thursday and, asked if there is pressure on the squad ahead of next week's opening Test, Burns, 28, replied: "Potentially.

"It is one Test before the Ashes gets going so hopefully we can cash in. There is a chance to score runs here, so you have to back yourself and the game plan."

Rory Burns is likely to open the England innings with Jason Roy during their one-off Test against Ireland at Lord's. Julian Finney / Getty Images
Rory Burns is likely to open the England innings with Jason Roy during their one-off Test against Ireland at Lord's. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Meanwhile, Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson insists his side are determined not to be overawed in their country's Test debut at Lord's.

William Porterfield's team will embark on their first Test at cricket's spiritual home in another sign of the sport's development in Ireland. Ireland have played two Test matches since their ascension to Full Membership status of the International Cricket Council two years ago.

But those defeats to Pakistan and Afghanistan were far less prestigious occasions that the four-day Test with newly-crowned World Cup winners England.

Playing at Lord's has given many great players stage-fright in the past and Wilson urged his teammates not to get intimidated by the hallowed venue's unique atmosphere.

"In my generation I don't think any of us expected to be playing a Test match at Lord's, so to have the opportunity is great," Wilson said on Sunday after Ireland's opening training session at Lord's.

"But we mustn't lose sight of the fact that we have to come here and perform as well. I mean that's what it is about, it's not just turning up and having all the fanfare around Lord's.

"We have to try and put in a good performance against a very good England side, but we've got some good players as well and we're confident we can do that."

With scorching temperatures forecast for the match in north London, Wilson conceded the conditions could have a say in the outcome of their Lord's Test debut.

"It might have an impact on the wicket in that it might dry it out as the game goes on," the 33-year-old added.

"I guess we'd rather have good weather than poor rainy weather!"

Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson has urged his teammates not to get intimidated by the Lord's atmosphere. Steven Paston / AP Photo
Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson has urged his teammates not to get intimidated by the Lord's atmosphere. Steven Paston / AP Photo

Updated: July 22, 2019 09:27 PM

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