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Paul Stirling wants more showdowns with the best in the world

Paul Stirling wants more showdowns with the best in the world

Paul Stirling wants more showdowns with the best in the world

The absence of Test cricket is stalling Ireland’s progress in the white-ball format. That’s the view of vice-captain Paul Stirling as he prepares to lead the Irish into today’s deciding one-day international against the West Indies in Jamaica (2.30pm).

A superb five-wicket victory in the delayed second game on Thursday levelled the series and gave Ireland another 10 points in the World Cup Super League. It was Ireland’s third scalp, following their successes against England in 2020 and South Africa last summer, but they were one-off wins in three-match series and Stirling believes their record would be even better against the “big teams” if they could play more Test matches.


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