Ireland v Australia, Only ODI, Dublin

Australia search for strong start to tour

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June 15, 2010

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Ricky Ponting gets a lesson from DJ Carey, the Irish hurling legend, ahead of Australia's ODI against Ireland on June 17, Croke Park, Dublin, June 14, 2010
Ricky Ponting tried his hand at hurling after the team arrived in Dublin, but he will be keen to get a cricket bat in his hands again as soon as possible © Getty Images
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Australia have arrived in Ireland for the opening match of their tour of the British Isles, but they will have to shake off some rust ahead of the ODIs against England. They begin with a one-off one-day international against Ireland on Thursday and Cameron White conceded the Australians might be out of practice, having had a month off since the World Twenty20.

"There probably will be a little bit [of rustiness], no doubt against Ireland," White told AAP. "The important thing is by the time were down to Southampton we should be up and going and ready to go. The three or four weeks that everyone has had since the World Cup will be good and hopefully we can hit the ground running."

The five-match series against England begins at the Rose Bowl next Tuesday, before the Australians move on to two Twenty20s and two Tests against Pakistan. The Ireland game will be an especially useful warm-up for the six members of the squad who were not in the World Twenty20 group, including the captain Ricky Ponting.

The pitch in Dublin is likely to be slow and low, which could help Ireland become more competitive. The Ireland veteran Trent Johnston said his colleagues were aiming to give the visitors as tough an introduction as possible on their six-week tour.

"When we get out there and execute our plans the way we want to we can be a pretty dangerous team," Johnston said. "The last thing they'll want to do is play England after being beaten by Ireland.

"We're not going to kid ourselves, the 11 guys will have to play the games of their lives to be close to Australia. People didn't give us much chance of beating England last August and we should have beaten them, we lost by three runs; that was quite disappointing. We're going to get out there and give it a go, that's all we can do."

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Posted by redneck on (June 16, 2010, 6:54 GMT)

going by the intercontinental cup i dont think irelands preformances are matching their talk! if they manage to make 200 runs against the aussies they should be delighted! @luke on face book by your logic then the usa, france and canada would be test playing nations too!!! i can see an arguement as to why ireland should be in the fifa world cup in south africa at the momment but not one for giving them test status!!! if you want test status prove it first! go to bangledesh and wipe the floor with them in a series of first class matches, get a first class comp going in ireland etc.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2010, 2:52 GMT)

Matt Rule, maybe you should read the comments of Kyle Macallan, Peter Roebuck, and Colin Croft. Educate yourself Ireland is an exporter of cricket talent unlike any other associate nation and some Test nations. Were Morgan playing for Ireland, England would not have won the T20 World cup, Ireland would have made the super 8's for the 3rd time running. Ireland deserve Test Status.

Posted by Rooboy on (June 16, 2010, 1:24 GMT)

I agree with shaen ... test status should definitely be earned on ability, and should not have anything to do with how long the game has allegedly been played in a given country. However, the problem with this argument is that the ICC has already granted bangladesh test status. It's hard to require that other countries be competitive before gaining test status when they've already admitted one uncompetitive basket case country.

Posted by theswami on (June 16, 2010, 1:22 GMT)

Gunning for Ireland .... Test status in a couple of ears ... Joyce, Morgan, et al. returning to the Irish fold ..... I can see all that happening

Posted by   on (June 15, 2010, 14:02 GMT)

Johnston and Botha are the only two non-Irish-born players in the team these days, so compared with England's Strauss, Pietersen, Lumb, Kieswetter, Morgan, and Trott, that's hardly the biggest issue.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2010, 10:34 GMT)

The fact that Trent Johnson, an ex- New South Wales reject, is in the Irish sums it up for me, as does the recruitment of Eoin Morgan or Ed Joyce to England. Ireland shouldn't have test status for several decades .

Posted by shaen on (June 15, 2010, 10:22 GMT)

Luke, Test statis is earnt by proven ability, not time since the first game was played in a country. I'm sure you're right about the first game in Ireland but if that is the case then Ireland have something to explain about their low statis now. The world will open it's arms to Ireland ......when Ireland gets off it's bum and plays the necessary standards. It never has, but is beginning to show progress in the last few years at last. Very god luck to them.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2010, 9:37 GMT)

yeah bring on ireland need some improvement to the stats lol

Posted by   on (June 15, 2010, 6:13 GMT)

There's been cricket played in Ireland for longer than it has been played in Oz. It is time (in fact long overdue) that Ireland is accorded test status.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2010, 5:49 GMT)

HELL YEAH Ireland! march ahead with full confidence like 300 spartas =P

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