It's a Cricket World Cup year, and England are favourites. You're not dreaming: this is really happening.

But before all that, England's limited-overs side have matches against Ireland (who, we're gutted to say, aren't in the World Cup) and Pakistan (who are). These are important games in their own right, but also carry the extra significance that players will be looking for a place in the cup squad - Jofra Archer and James Vince, for instance, are probably competing to replace Alex Hales.

In this article we focus on the Ireland ODI game, which takes place in Malahide today (3 May) starting in theory at 10.45am... although that's been delayed by rain. We explain how to watch the match live, and how to watch highlights afterwards.

How to watch on Sky Sports

Ireland vs England is being shown by Sky Sports in the UK. The match will be live on the Sky Sports Cricket channel (you should find this on channel 404) and on Sky Sports Main Event (channel 402). Coverage starts at 10.30am.

If you're new to Sky a basic package starts at £22 per month, and Sky Sports costs an extra £18 for a selection of sports (or £23 for all of them).

Existing Sky customers can also add Sky Sports to their package for £18 per month.

Click here to look into Sky Sports packages.

Sky Q

The starting prices above are for Sky's standard offerings, but the firm's Sky Q premium service, which starts at £22 per month, adds further cricket-related features. If you're interested, have a look at our guide to Sky Q pricing, bundles and features, or jump straight to the Sky Q website.

How to watch England vs Ireland cricket: Now TV

How to watch with Now TV

If you don't fancy committing to a long-term Sky contract for this one-off match, you should consider Now TV. This has a pay-as-you-go Sky Sports Pass option that lets you pay for just one day (or for a single week or month) of Sky Sports. You can then watch the action for as long as you've paid for on your browser, TV app or mobile app.

A day pass costs £7.99; a week pass costs £12.99; while the month pass costs £33.99 per month and rolls on to the next month unless you cancel it. There's also a mobile pass for £5.99 a month.

Click here to view Now TV's Sky Sports Pass packages.

How to use a VPN

VPNs are a great option for accessing UK cricket content from abroad.

If you're British but happen to be overseas today, you can use a VPN to 'browse from the UK' and access your usual Sky Sports and Now TV subscriptions. NordVPN is our leading recommendation here, but our best VPN chart rounds up the best alternatives.

How to watch highlights

Sky Sports will show highlights and analysis after the game. But there are free alternatives, too.

YouTube is a good bet. Normally we would go straight to the host broadcaster's channel and expect highlights to be posted there: give Cricket Ireland TV a look for any updates. It's also worth checking the ECB's channel - they generally only show highlights from home games, but you never know your luck.

Twitter is also an excellent source of brief highlights in almost real time. We follow four main accounts in hopes that they will post clips of wickets, milestones and particularly good shots - England Cricket, Sky Sports Cricket, Wisden and Cricingif - but bear in mind that the TV rights situation varies by series. For this match it's also worth trying Cricket Ireland.