Ireland's next one-day international will be against England at Malahide in 51 days' time but the encouragement of a 2-2 series draw with Afghanistan in Dehradun is unlikely to have any bearing on the game against Eoin Morgan's World No.1 side.

It is one of the reasons why Ireland chose to field an unchanged team for the last four games of the series, leaving James McCollum - two days out from a probable Test debut - Stuart Thompson and Barry McCarthy, to name just three, kicking their heels in frustration.

Skipper William Porterfield said: "It was always about the balance of the side, and I wanted the four options of spin. It will be much different with seven games at home in May so seamers will come into the side, but here we knew the games were going to be a scrap and the pitches were taking spin throughout."

The big winner was James Cameron-Dow, the CIYMS slow left-armer who was given his debut in the second match and finished the series with five wickets.

"It was great for JCD, I'm sure he was nervous but every game he is growing in confidence. He is methodical, he thinks about the game a lot, was well prepared and in conditions like these he can be a real threat," said Porterfield. "He's been a great addition to the squad."

With 31 overs under his belt, he can hit the ground running when he makes his Test debut against the Afghans on Friday, but for McCollum it will be a case of facing his second ball in international cricket in a Test match.
But Porterfield is confident he will make the step up, if he gets the call.

"He has played only one match and was out first ball but there's a lot to be said for walking out there. He's had a great year in the red ball format but when we have to play the four slow bowlers it was the only way we were going to balance it out," he said. "They won us two games and if we'd batted better in the fourth game, the way we approached the last game, it would have been (a) 3-1 (series win).

"I would like to have given James another go, but Lorcan (Tucker) hasn't played and he's striking the ball well in the nets. It was a case of horses for courses and after the disappointment of losing the fourth game, it was good for the lads to bounce back again."

Andrew Balbirnie was named man of the series for his two match-winning knocks and the captain is delighted he is in such a good place going into the Test.

"The big one was getting the 145 in the second game and to get us over the line was fantastic. He's been in good touch and hopefully it continues," said Porterfield, who defended his decision to bat Simi Singh at No.4 throughout the series despite having an average of less than 15 in ODIs.

"It's been a tough few games for him but I wanted his overs in the team," he added. "It was a good test, you're going to go get it in international series and if the opposition have the edge it is the mental side which can be hard. The next (ODI) games will be in different conditions. It was a big learning curve for him."