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Cricket: Irish sign up World Cup winner

By Ian Callender

Ireland will have a former Test match player and a World Cup winner in their ranks during this month’s World Twenty20 after the announcement that Craig McDermott will be the specialist bowling coach and team consultant.

McDermott played 71 Tests and 138 one-day internationals for Australia between 1985 and 1997, taking a total of 494 international wickets and played a key role when the Aussies won the World Cup in 1987.

Making the announcement at the team’s farewell function in Dublin, performance director Richard Holdsworth said: “Craig’s enthusiasm, experience and knowledge will add further strength to our coach support staff and we thank the ICC high performance programme for their financial support towards achieving this. Having recently been bowling coach to the Australian team, his insights into their players will help the team prepare for our match against them on September 19.”

McDermott said: “Ireland has done well in the past World Cups and I am sure they will do again at this one.

“They have a well balanced squad and I am looking forward to getting stuck into preparing them for the World T20 in our training camp in Colombo. I see this as another opportunity for me to work with another international team and to further my coaching career.”

The squad, minus four of the county players who fly out on Friday night after the current round of championship matches — Ed Joyce top scored with 65 for Sussex yesterday, arrived in Sri Lanka this morning.

Meanwhile, Ireland A endured a hot and tough day in the field on the first day of their three-day game against Sussex II in Blackstone.

The county scored at more than four and a half runs an over before declaring on 426 for seven, but it could have been so much better. Chris Liddle, who finished 63 not out, was dropped first ball by wicket-keeper Stuart Poynter and with his captain Kirk Warners, who hit 152 not out, they put on 145 for the eighth wicket.

Chris Dougherty was lost in the 40 minutes before the close.

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