Croke was an enthusiastic cricketer, Dev played rugby, Martin McGuinness was a huge fan of cricket and once posed for a photo in full WG Grace garb.It's great to see the Irish playing British Imperialist sports like
Association Football, Rugby, Hockey and Cricket.....
I am very very far from an expert but hasnt the county game been struggling for profile in the last decade and hence , as a player from a non-test nation ( until the weekend) , his primary outlet was on the short form circuit which was both higher profile, higher standard ( the relative merits of the long form aside) and higher reward?One of the thoughts after this performance is as to KO'B's performance. Has he undersold himself since his WC performance? Since that ton he has operated as a troubadour operating as a hired gun for anyone who would take him as a T20 slogger. There's a tiny whiff of tragedy in the fact that he might all this time have had much deeper potential. There was a player called Alletson who played for Notts some time in the 1910's. He scored a massively destructive 189 in a very short period in one game batting at number 9 and spent the rest of his career trying and failing to emulate that one innings. O'Brian seems to have based his outlook since the innings against England on that massive performance. It seems that there was always an untapped potential there. He showed restraint and control and, above all, technique, in this match.
The performance by the team was magnificent. Well done each and every one of them.
Oh, I'm speaking as a purist. The various T20 competitions overlap and, while lucrative, competition for places is fierce.I am very very far from an expert but hasnt the county game been struggling for profile in the last decade and hence , as a player from a non-test nation ( until the weekend) , his primary outlet was on the short form circuit which was both higher profile, higher standard ( the relative merits of the long form aside) and higher reward?
Would have loved to, they played well.I won't be posting tomorrow because I'll be attending the first day of Ireland's first ever cricket Test against Pakistan in Malahide.
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I've waited all my life for this day, a historic moment in Irish sport.
I think you'll find we have the best climate in the world for cricket.Indeed a day to be welcomed in Irish Sport..........unfortunately our climate isn't the best for hosting test cricket over 5 days.
Went to Clontarf in 1999 to watch West Indies beat Bangladesh in the one day World Cup. A mismatch, but still a great day out.
No greater viewing than watch India and Pakistan go head to head in a one day or 20/20 match ! I remember the day the Indian fans threw the snakes onto the pitch at the Pakistani outfielder on the boundary.....flares and pigs heads my arse !!!!!
And a sport that was dying on its feet 20 years ago has had the balls to re-invent itself for the tv and the masses............