William Porterfield senses a real opportunity for Ireland as they take on England in Friday’s one-day international at Malahide.

Porterfield’s side come up against an in-form England side who are currently ranked the number one ODI side in the world and are in their final preparations for this summer’s World Cup.

The Ireland skipper, who goes head-to-head with former team-mate Eoin Morgan, the current England captain, is well aware of England’s capabilities ahead of the one-off encounter.

But Porterfield sees plenty of opportunities to exploit England’s perceived positive play and appears to enjoy an air of optimism going into the game.

"England have been playing some great cricket over the last few years but I think it provides an opportunity for us to go out and showcase ourselves and try to turn them over in our own back yard," said Porterfield, speaking to RTE Sport.

"So we see it as an opportunity rather than just about playing the number one ranked side in the world.

"They play a positive brand of cricket but with that it brings opportunities. We have a lot of lads who have played with and against a lot of the England side, so we all know each other very well.

"And with the conditions here in May, it may not be as conducive to the brand of cricket that would like to play."

With a busy summer ahead for Ireland, the teams will be drawn from what is essentially two squads, and Porterfield explained that they are already building towards the next World Cup and the importance of getting players the international experience throughout the four-year cycle.

"We need to give opportunities and game time to lads coming through and start building towards the next World Cup, which is four years away," said Porterfield.

"Because we don’t want to see lads stop within the next 24 months without those who are taking their place getting the right exposure.

"But that is not to say that those lads coming through do not deserve the opportunity.

"Lorcan [Tucker] coming into the squad, has had some great performances over the last 12 months, and Josh [Little] is really exciting for what he has done.

"They are here on merit and putting pressure on, and that is something we haven’t seen in the last few years, so it is great to see those lads coming through and that is credit to the system that we have in place."