24 February 2008

Irish Cricket News II

Ireland called upon junior batsman Paul Stirling (17) to join the Irish Cricket XI for the up-coming series of one-day internationals in Bangladesh.

Stirling, who was with the Under-19 team in Malaysia and scored a rapid 72, as Ireland endured a heavy 181-run defeat by New Zealand, replaces the experienced opening batsman Jeremy Bray, who will miss the tour because of a shoulder injury.
The left-arm seam bowlers Phil Eaglestone and Reinhardt Strydom have also been named in the 15-man Irish touring team. Andrew White is unavailable, as he is getting married in March.

Trent Johnston remains Ireland's Captain and William Porterfield (who plays now as a professional for the English county Gloucestershire) has been named as the new Vice-Captain, taking over from Kyle McCallan.

Ireland will play a four-day game against the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi from March 6th-9th, before starting their series of three one-day internationals in Bangladesh on March 18th.
They are also expected to play against the English county side Essex, who will be in the region participating in a tournament.

Ireland's touring team for the UAE and Bangladesh are:
T. Johnston [Captain] (Railway Union), A. Botha (North County), A. Cusack (Clontarf), P. Eaglestone (Strabane), T. Fourie (Merrion), G. Kidd (Waringstown), K. McCallan (Waringstown), E. Morgan (Middlesex), K. O'Brien (Railway Union), N. O'Brien (Northants), W. Porterfield [Vice-Capt] (Gloucestershire), B. Rankin (Warwickshire), P. Stirling (Cliftonville), R. Strydom (North County), G. Thompson (Lisburn).


Alexander "Sunny" Bergen said...

It will be very interesting to see Ireland playing Bangladesh. They both are internationally regarded as the underdogs in their part of the world, but have great talents among their players.
Bangladesh is the latest (of only 10) nations to achieve Test status, while Ireland has only recently started to play one-day internationals.
They both have still a lot to learn, and a long way ahead, but I wish them both the best of luck.
We need games like these to make the game more and more popular.


I am looking forward to this series with some interest myself.

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