Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Ireland to host big guns in ODIs

Ireland famously beat England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India
Ireland famously beat England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom is looking forward to welcoming England and Australia as part of the 2015 Ashes summer.

Details of the full itinerary for Australia's tour were released on Monday and two fixtures jumped off the page at fans of Irish cricket.

Australia will visit the Emerald Isle on August 27 to kick off the limited-overs portion of their trip, while England will also take on Ireland in a 50-over match on a date to be confirmed.

''We are thrilled to welcome both England and Australia to Ireland once again,'' said Deutrom .

''Although opportunities to find space in the Future Tours Programme are rare against the world's leading teams, it is apparent that Cricket Australia and the ECB are committed to ensuring that the top Associates, like Scotland and Ireland, have a chance to test themselves against the best and to help us to improve.''

Next year will also see Ireland co-host the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and compete in the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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