Are you feeling a little blue after the dismal Irish football performance in Euro 2012? Then it’s time to bring back the green and focus on Irish cricket.
This Saturday the awesome boys in cricketing green take on one of the mammoths of the sport – Australia.
Irish cricket has grown in leaps and bounds, spurred on by incredible victories against cricketing giants Pakistan and, more recently, England in last year’s World Cup. Australia are currently preparing for a series of one-day international games against England and this warm-up game against Ireland will not see them taking it easy, with Australian squad members looking to cement their position in the team for the England games.
The Irish squad has recently been announced, and sees the return of the ever-awesome Kevin O’Brien.
The full squad is:
- William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire),
- Alex Cusack (Clontarf),
- George Dockrell (Somerset),
- Trent Johnston (YMCA),
- Ed Joyce (Sussex),
- John Mooney (North County),
- Tim Murtagh (Middlesex),
- Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union/Somerset),
- Niall O’Brien (Northants),
- Max Sorensen (The Hills),
- Paul Stirling (Middlesex),
- Andrew White (Instonians),
- Gary Wilson (Surrey).
I’m really looking forward to the game and have the pleasure of actually attending the match down in Belfast. If you’re interested in coming along, pick up a ticket now at TicketMaster. If you can’t make it make sure to follow @IrelandCricket or check out www.cricketireland.ie for the live scores, you can also catch the game on SkySports:
@thecdalton Live on Sky Sports @skycricket as Ireland try to beat the World’s Number 1 Ranked @cricketaus in Belfast #coybig
— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) June 18, 2012