William Porterfield and Paul Stirling stride out to the middle; Australia's players, in Tweety Pie yellow, also take the field. Brett Lee to bowl the first over

11.25am: Murtagh has just received his cap. The crowd are huddled up in their parkas and cagoules in the stands and we are almost ready to go ...

11am: Australia have won the toss and will bowl. Michael Clarke says he had Duckworth-Lewis in mind and wanted to know what sort of target his side might have to chase in a shortened game. Australia have rotated their bowlers after victory at Leicestershire, with Brett Lee, Pat Cummins and Ben Hilfenhaus replacing James Pattinson, Clint McKay and Mitchell Johnson. George Bailey is also left out, due to a minor injury, with Peter Forrest coming in. For Ireland, Middlesex's Tim Murtagh makes his expected international debut.

Ireland 1 Porterfield, 2 Stirling, 3 Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien, 5 Wilson, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Cusack, 8 Johnston, 9 Mooney, 10 Dockrell, 11 Murtagh

Australia 1 Warner, 2 Wade, 3 Watson, 4 Clarke, 5 David Hussey, 6 Forrest, 7 Smith, 8 Lee, 9 Cummins, 10 Hilfenhaus, 11 Doherty

10.40am: We have a confirmed start time of 11.30am, with a full 50-over match still in prospect. As long as the holes in the sky don't start letting the water in again, of course. The toss will be at 11am.

Meanwhile, here's Andrew Schulz: "Alan Gardner, you are speaking to a worldwide audience in many different time zones. Why are you talking about morning vegemite on toast as though yours is the only time zone that matters?" Well, Andrew, the timezone that matters for this match is surely the one it's being played in? The vegemite reference was just a wee cultural nod to today's tourists ... We cool?

10.30am: Right, early pictures from the ground are encouraging, though we're not likely to get underway for perhaps another hour. The wicket looks in good shape, as does the majority of the pitch, barring some muddy patches on the square. Considering that the Civil Service Ground was more fit for boating than bowling yesterday, we're in a pretty good place.

Players from both sides are warming up on the outfield. Welcome to the Jack-Giant-beanstalk interface, people. Can Ireland run the Aussies even closer than they did in 2010?

10.15am: Still waiting on news from the ground as to whether we'll get the scheduled 10.45am start. For readers in the US and Caribbean, you could try WatchESPN.com for a weather update (you'll also be able to watch the entire match live).

10am: Good morning and welcome to text-based commentary of the one-off ODI between Ireland and Australia, brought to live in 2D. I'm Alan 'Monty' Gardner and I'll be joined by Alex 'Tory' Winter to bring you full coverage of a match that is very much in the lap of the weather gods. Despite heavy rain yesterday, an early inspection at Stormont has resulted in a tentative thumbs-up - the umpires are due to make another one as I type. There is more precipitation forecast for later in the day but, for now, cross your fingers and toes and have a gander at Dan Brettig's preview over your morning vegemite on toast ...

0.1

Lee to Porterfield, OUT, and Porterfield is bowled first ball! How about that for a loosener ... It was a devilish delivery to get first up, Lee bang on line and up around 90mph, the ball seaming back and thudding into the top of off stump

WTS Porterfield b Lee 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ed Joyce to the wicket, perhaps a little earlier than he expected ...

0.2

Lee to Joyce, no run, and there's a big lbw shout first ball, a full delivery swinging back - maybe doing just enough to miss leg, as the umpire decides

0.3

Lee to Joyce, OUT, no doubt about this one, off stump out of the ground again! Lee is marauding through Ireland's left-handers, seaming the ball back in at express pace and after three balls the scorecard shows two blobs

EC Joyce b Lee 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.4

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed through outside off on a good length, left alone

0.5

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball, pushed towards cover

0.6

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length outside off, again O'Brien is able to leave

Well, that should have woken everyone up. A scintillating first over from Lee - a double-wicket maiden - to remind the men in green just what they're up against in the No. 1 side in the world

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Ireland 0/2 (RR: 0.00)
NJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      B Lee    1-1-0-2
PR Stirling    0* (0b)     

With the second new ball it will be Ben Hilfenhaus

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, full and swinging away, Stirling - who watched the first-over carnage from the other end - leaves

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, 1 wide, slides down the leg side this time

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, length ball, on the stumps

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, good length and leaving the right-hander, who swishes and misses

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, defended in front of off stump

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, tight line, Stirling gets behind the ball in defence

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, touch shorter and Stirling tries to chop back down the wicket but Hilfenhaus gathers comfortably

End of over 2 (1 run) Ireland 1/2 (RR: 0.50)
PR Stirling    0* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-1-0
NJ O'Brien    0* (3b)      B Lee    1-1-0-2

"Brett Lee trying to go past McGrath's tally in his first over?" wonders David. He wasn't far off - just needs two more after that opening burst

2.1

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball angled across outside off, left alone

2.2

Lee to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, drifts on to the pads and flicked fine for the first run off the bat

2.3

Lee to Stirling, FOUR, bit of width to Stirling, slightly full and slashed hard and high over point for a boundary - that'll settle Irish nerves a touch

2.4

Lee to Stirling, no run, leg-stump line, the ball rising off a length and hitting the batsman's thigh pad

2.5

Lee to Stirling, 2 runs, good length, around off, driven and inside-edged into the leg side for a couple

2.6

Lee to Stirling, no run, back of a length, Stirling waves a bat outside off but fails to connect

End of over 3 (7 runs) Ireland 8/2 (RR: 2.66)
PR Stirling    6* (10b 1x4)      B Lee    2-1-7-2
NJ O'Brien    1* (5b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-1-0

3.1

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, sliding across the lefty, dabbed behind point for one

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, good length, tight line on off, defended into the off side

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, FOUR, drifts on to the pads, half-volley length and Stirling doesn't miss out, punching firmly in front of midwicket for four

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, FOUR, pitched up outside off and crunched through the covers for four this time - Stirling going after Hilf early doors

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, pulls his length back, pushed square on the off side

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, off-stump line, defended on the front foot

Ireland showing some moxy, which is as much as you'd expect. Remember, they lost a wicket first ball in that game in Bangalore too ...

End of over 4 (9 runs) Ireland 17/2 (RR: 4.25)
PR Stirling    14* (15b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-10-0
NJ O'Brien    2* (6b)      B Lee    2-1-7-2

4.1

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, teasing line and length from Lee, inducing a play-and-a-miss

4.2

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball, on off stump, defended back down the pitch

4.3

Lee to NJ O'Brien, no run, vicious, full in-ducker that then nips away off the seam to beat O'Brien's nervy prod - he'd have needed a snow plough to hit that

4.4

Lee to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, bouncer, gets up at the batsman, who does well to adjust and scoop it round the corner for one

4.5

Lee to Stirling, 2 runs, back-of-a-length ball outside off, driven on the up through square

4.6

Lee to Stirling, no run, length ball that rises sharply, hitting the bat near the splice

"Lee starts where the All Blacks left off only an hour ago in the rugby!" cackles Jono

End of over 5 (3 runs) Ireland 20/2 (RR: 4.00)
PR Stirling    16* (17b 3x4)      B Lee    3-1-10-2
NJ O'Brien    3* (10b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-10-0

After a scratchy start, Hilfenhaus is replace by the tyro Pat Cummins

5.1

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, full and on line, defended in front of off stump

5.2

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, angled across and dabbed into a gap for one

5.3

Cummins to Stirling, no run, length ball, defended towards point

5.4

Cummins to Stirling, 1 run, short of a good length, bit of width and hacked behind square for a single to third man

Here's CSB: "I still don't know how Hilfy, with a horrible List A average, got chosen to play ODI's at all - when he was chosen last time he had only ever taken one four-wicket haul in over 60 List A games."

5.5

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, line and length, sliding across O'Brien, who defends into the covers

5.6

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, back of a length, steepling past the batsman as he tucks his bat inside the line

Fine start from Cummins. Not quite in Lee's league but then, hey, who is?

End of over 6 (2 runs) Ireland 22/2 (RR: 3.66)
NJ O'Brien    4* (14b)      PJ Cummins    1-0-2-0
PR Stirling    17* (19b 3x4)      B Lee    3-1-10-2

Curious ... After Lee's ferocious opening, he's given just three overs, as Hilfenhaus returns at the other end

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, 1 run, and Stirling steals a single straight away

6.2

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball, tapped into the off side

6.3

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, flicked off the hips through square

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, length ball, in the corridor, squirted in the air short of cover-point

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, no run, touch shorter, tries to swing through the line but miscues short of cover

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Stirling, 2 runs, full and straight, Stirling shuffles across and lofts the ball over midwicket

Take out those two wickets in the first three balls and this has been a decent start for Ireland. Not that they can, of course

End of over 7 (4 runs) Ireland 26/2 (RR: 3.71)
PR Stirling    20* (23b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-14-0
NJ O'Brien    5* (16b)      PJ Cummins    1-0-2-0

7.1

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, defended into the off side on the front foot

7.2

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, touch shorter, darting away and steered towards gully

7.3

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, FOUR, slides his line down the leg side and O'Brien whips this off his hips, lovely timing and the ball races to the boundary

7.4

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, pushed through on a good length outside off, veering further on its way past the batsman, who leaves

7.5

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, no run, length delivery, pushed into the off side coming forward

7.6

Cummins to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, short and at the body again, nudged through square

"@CSB. His selection seems to be the consequence of some swinging deliveries he bowled in IPL," says Pratsy. "I prefer him as a Test bowler though."

End of over 8 (5 runs) Ireland 31/2 (RR: 3.87)
NJ O'Brien    10* (22b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-7-0
PR Stirling    20* (23b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-14-0

8.1

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, on the stumps, pushed into the on side

8.2

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, low arm, off-stump line, blocked

8.3

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length ball, forward defensive to extra-cover

8.4

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, pitched up on off, driven back down the track and Hilfenhaus throws himself to his right to make the stop

8.5

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, pulls his length back, pushed square on the off side

8.6

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, length ball on off, chopped towards cover

End of over 9 (maiden) Ireland 31/2 (RR: 3.44)
NJ O'Brien    10* (28b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-14-0
PR Stirling    20* (23b 3x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-7-0

9.1

Cummins to Stirling, no run, full and straight, driven into the ground and fielded by Cummins in his follow-through

9.2

Cummins to Stirling, no run, pitched up on off again, clipped square but straight to the fielder

9.3

Cummins to Stirling, FOUR, full but too much width this time and Stirling is able to get down and clatter a drive wide of third man

9.4

Cummins to Stirling, OUT, superb catch at slip and Stirling perishes! Cummins put it on a good length outside off, drawing a thick edge as Stirling tried to check his drive, and Clarke flew to his right from first slip - like the canary he's dressed as - to grasp the ball one-handed

PR Stirling c Clarke b Cummins 24 (27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Gary Wilson, who's been in terrific form for Surrey, is in at No. 5

9.5

Cummins to Wilson, no run, full toss, blocked

9.6

Cummins to Wilson, no run, better length, pushed into the off side

End of over 10 (4 runs) Ireland 35/3 (RR: 3.50)
GC Wilson    0* (2b)      PJ Cummins    3-0-11-1
NJ O'Brien    10* (28b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-14-0

Rain beginning to fall again. They'll continue for now ...

10.1

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, no run, good length, played into the off side

10.2

Hilfenhaus to NJ O'Brien, 1 run, in the corridor outside off, thick edge low through vacant third slip

10.3

Hilfenhaus to Wilson, no run, defended in line with off stump

10.4

Hilfenhaus to Wilson, no run, on the stumps and prodded back on to the wicket

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Jun 23, 2012

A spectator braves the conditions in Belfast, Ireland v Australia, ODI, Stormont, June 23, 2012

A spectator braves the conditions in Belfast

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Jun 23, 2012

Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien put on 35 for the third wicket, Ireland v Australia, ODI, Stormont, June 23, 2012

Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien put on 35 for the third wicket

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