For many, especially in Asia, Australia and Caribbean, Irish team would be quite stranger. In 2006, under the Belfast sun, Ireland played its first one day international match against England. Their defeat was no headline, but the way they fought was alarming for many opponents. Proud Irish cricketers won European Championship in 1996 and 2006 and the Intercontinental Cup in 2005.
After having lost to England in 1st ODI, Ireland beat Scotland couple of months later and since then improving at a very rapid rate. Coach Adrian Birrell and captain Trent Johnston are more than optimistic about their role in forth coming cricket extravaganza. They know it could be their grand change to not only leave a lasting impression, but also to ignite a new passion for this game back home.
Though most of the players are new birds to International cricket atmosphere, many of them have been playing cricket for quite a while in English county cricket. Some of them like their captain Johnson has even played seven one day internationals.
This proud and promising Irish team has got some serious talent. Leader Trent Johnson, with his right-arm fast bowling is bound to be a threat to other subaltern teams. With 7 ODIs in his bag, Trent knows a thing or two about the game at this level.
Other rising star is Niall O’Brien, who keeps the stumps. He is considered as a backbone of team due to his sheer talent, stoic stature and immense hard-work. He has also played 7 ODIs.
Other Irish undertakers, who promise to deliver goods with style, include bowlers like Paul Mooney, Andrew White and batsmen like Kenneth Carroll and Eoin Morgan. Andre Both and Jeremy Bray are other key players for the Irish outfit.More on:Adrian Birrell, Andre Both, Andrew White, Belfast, england, Eoin Morgan, Ireland, Jeremy Bray, Kenneth Carroll, Niall O Brien, Paul Mooney, Scotland, Trent Johnston, World Cup 2007
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