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Ireland pick Ed Joyce for World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 19, 2011

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Ed Joyce, the former England batsman who also plays for Sussex, has been picked in the 15-man Ireland squad for the 2011 World Cup. Ireland, led by batsman William Porterfield, have also selected allrounder Alex Cusack and seamer Boyd Rankin, players who didn't feature in their last ODI assignment, a lost series against Zimbabwe in September. Rankin, who was Ireland's leading wicket-taker in the 2007 World Cup, has recovered from a stress fracture in his foot that has kept him out of the team since July 2010.

Joyce, who last played an ODI in 2007, was cleared by the ICC in November 2010 to represent Ireland, the country of his birth, and he subsequently joined the team in a pre-World Cup preparation camp in India. Joyce has played 17 ODIs for England, averaging 27.70, though he's been a prolific run-getter on the List A and first-class circuit.

Ireland surprised one and all in the 2007 World Cup, knocking Pakistan out of the league stage, qualifying for the Super Eights and beating Bangladesh. Nine Irish players who featured in that tournament are part of the 2011 World Cup squad.

"I like the balance of the squad. As with most Irish teams of the past few years, there are quite a few allrounders, and that gives us plenty of options in all departments," Ireland coach Phil Simmons was quoted as saying in a release. "What is different this time, from 2007, is that 13 of the 15 earn their living from cricket - that's practically a full-time squad.

"We were also able to spend a month in India acclimatising, and that will stand us in good stead."

Porterfield added: "There has been a lot of hard work put in over the past few weeks and months and being in India in November for the training has really helped the lads in getting to where they want to be."

Ireland travel to Dubai for a training camp on January 28, and play warm-up games against New Zealand and Zimbabwe in the lead-up to the World Cup.

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), Andre Botha, Alex Cusack, Niall O'Brien (wk), Kevin O'Brien, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, John Mooney, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew White, Ed Joyce.

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Comments: 19 
Posted by vinayjayaram on (January 21, 2011, 11:10 GMT)

Add Eoin Morgan to the squad and it becomes twice as good..but alas!!Morgan is playing for England..Anyway good luck Ireland..

Posted by   on (January 20, 2011, 23:27 GMT)

People need to remember that there is a difference between emigrating to a country (in this case Ireland) for economic reasons and going to another country for the primary purpose of representing them in cricket. I would also like to add that the ICC admitted Ireland had done more than Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe or Bangladesh to earn test status but are understandably being more cautious after the disaster of Bangladesh and the lack of full-time cricketers and infrastructure in Ireland. On the point of associates, whilst I accept this will change, in the last two World Cups who have been the REAL minnows? The associates have proved more competitive against test sides than the test sides have against Australia! If you want to exclude minnows on that basis this would be a 1-team tournament! Not sure anyone wants that. I hope 2015 goes back to 92 format - perhaps have 8 auto qualifiers and play-offs for the last two spots.

Posted by blarneyarmy on (January 20, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

On paper that seems like a strong squad (for an associate) and aside from the selection of Nigel Jones ahead of a specialist seamer or spinner then I think it is the strongest possible. Abu Jabeer... quote ' but do the Irish team even have 7/8 players who are actually from Ireland?' The answer to that is a resounding yes. Out of the probable starting 11, only trent johnstone is not a born and bred irish man. Note: Porterfiel, Stirling, Joyce, O'Briens x 2, Wilson, Mooney, White, Johnstone, Rankin and Dockrell Cusack may come in at the expense of White or Wilson but even then we are only talking about 2 players who did not learn their cricket on a cricket field in Ireland. Come on IRELAND!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

I dont trust d ICC anymore..they wont give any associate a chance in 2015...what on earth r they playing for...? Y are they not protesting against it...?As far as this one goes its a good team.Lets hope they do well & teach icc a lesson

Posted by Super_Cricketer on (January 20, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

@Vivek Dhayalan--Grow-up man!!! most of the Players in Ireland team are Irish. Will you ask this Question to England or SA, where most of their test players are not English or Afrikaneer. Ireland has been performing well for the past 7 years in associate level. If ICC is not giving them the chance to play with elite countries how the cricket will survive in Ireland. Atleast they can beat ZIM and BAN at the top level. So they are eligible to play TEST CRICKET.------------------------------@Abu Jubaer----4 out of 6 matches of Ireland are D/N. If they score 250 odd runs in first innings, they can put the opposition under pressure in the second innings and win the match. They match against NETH is day match and surely can go through. If BAN is making some upset in the same group, the chance is wide open for Ireland to reach the QF.....Nothing is Impossible!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

@ Abu Jubaer and ten of that squad was born in Ireland, and Trent Johnston has lived here for 15 or more years with an Irish wife and Irish kids,

Ireland was over in India for a training camp and I'm sure that would have helped them prepare...

Posted by eire on (January 20, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

squad i expected n wud have picked apart from maybe nigel jones...i wud have picked a back-up quick bowler for rankin,probably craig young or maybe even eastwood... Vivek the majority of ireland's strtin 11 are homegrown and thy have to supplement it some how if their best players are cherry-picked by england.Johnston has spent almost 20yrs in ireland,has irish kids and wife so he qualifys for me

Posted by   on (January 20, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

@Super_Cricketer, man you must be kidding. in sub-continent, Irish hard got a chance to win against Netherlands. btw only against them Irish can get a win. they are goon on the bounchy tracks cause they got some fast bowlers who regularly play in county. but in here in Bangladesh or India. NZ, AUS and even SA gonna struggle here for sure as their recent series was horrible in here. and about test status, now associate teams of ICC have chances to 4-day matches regularly and even they are having some kinda championship as well. but before 2000 it wasn't there. so they adapting well with longer version. but do the Irish team even have 7/8 players who are actually from Ireland? same goes for England!!! England doesn't pick pure english players and other european countries getting thos player in the team. that's how Irish team got some good players. i wish they could get some upsets but it's gonna be so hard.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2011, 7:55 GMT)

I dont think ireland should be given test status coz they dont even ve eleven home born test players.Bangladesh is much better than that.I dont understand why they cry abt morgan,is trent johnson irish.

Posted by BlorScouser on (January 19, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

A balanced squad. I'd really love to see them cause a few upsets.

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