It was a classic autumn Test, with the sides meeting in Dublin, but the outcome was a shocker.
England’s unbeaten streak ended, with an uncharacteristically poor batting performance from their star spinner James Anderson and an uninspiring opening over from Ireland’s Chris Woakes.
They had no chance against England’s top bowling allrounder Chris Woake.
They would have enjoyed more time to work on their batting, but it was clear that the match would be no different to the last.
In their first Test in Dublin since the England-Australia tour of South Africa in 2013, England, with only six players in the side, were unable to make a meaningful contribution in the first innings.
England were out for just three runs in the second over, with a couple of early slips from Anderson and the bowling of the young Chris Wooke.
A slow start by Anderson was compounded by the loss of a late offspinner.
Ireland, meanwhile, were without their captain and the likes of Ryan Harris and Rory Thornton, and England’s opening batsman was an obvious casualty.
Anderson was left to bowl alone, with Woakes and a second spinner – Tom Croft – in attack.
A quick catch-and-run and an excellent catch by Woakes on Anderson’s fourth ball gave England a huge lead and led to the visitors winning the toss.
It was only the third time England had scored five runs in a Test match against Ireland, but England’s captain Chris Woessy was caught out for eight of them, including a six-run duck in the fifth over.
England will have their work cut out against Ireland in the Twenty20s, where they have not won since they won the Test series against Australia in 2010.
The next Test will take place in Melbourne on April 5, and it is the first time since the 2011 World Cup that England will play a Twenty20 international.