International cricket team
If Tuesday’s exciting last over victory by Ireland proved anything, it is that their five-match series against Afghanistan will be closely contested – and perfect preparation for the T20 World Cup, which is now just two months away.
Ireland head coach Heinrich Malan has backed captain Andrew Balbirnie to come good in the upcoming five-match T20 series against Afghanistan at Stormont, with the first game today (3.30pm, live on BT Sport 1).
A new ‘home ground’ and another ‘exciting’ challenge is Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie’s take as they prepare to meet South Africa under the lights at the County Ground in Bristol in the first of two T20 internationals tonight (6.30pm, live on BT Sport 1).
Graham Hume has been called up into an Ireland T20 squad for the first time as a replacement for his North West Warriors team-mate Craig Young who has been ruled out of this week’s games against South Africa in Bristol.
Mark Adair believes that Ireland do not have to do anything different, rather just do it better and a first win of the summer will come, starting today in the second T20 international against New Zealand at Stormont (4pm, live on BT Sport 1).
They call Michael Bracewell the beast in the New Zealand cricket team and Ireland will have to find a way to dismiss him today, when the sides meet again in the second one-day international at Malahide (10.45am).
As Ireland prepare to do battle with New Zealand, the World No.1-ranked one-day international side, in Malahide today, Andrew Balbirnie has labelled some of the province’s leading grounds as “not fit for purpose”.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Conor Olphert, the Bready fast bowler who has a chance of bowling to the India superstars next weekend when Ireland return to action for a two-match T20 international series.
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