Ireland v Australia, ODI, Stormont June 23, 2012

Ireland offer ticket deal after Australia abandonment

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Ireland 36 for 3 (Stirling 24, Lee 2-10) v Australia match abandoned
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Ireland have offered free entry to their upcoming matches for those supporters who saw only 10.4 overs of their ODI with Australia in Belfast. Brett Lee took two wickets in his first three deliveries and a fantastic catch from Michael Clarke helped Australia further reduce Ireland to 36 for 3 before the rain returned to cause the abandonment of the one-off ODI.

Supporters will be able to gain free entry to one of Ireland's two World Cricket League matches against Afghanistan in Dublin on July 3 or 5, or for their T20 series against Bangladesh back in Belfast on July 18, 20 or 21.

There was little action against Australia but Lee, making his first appearance of the tour ahead of Australia's five-match ODI series against England, proved his form by knocking over the off stumps of both William Porterfield - for a golden duck - and Ed Joyce in a double-wicket maiden to start the match. Paul Stirling hit four fours in his 24 but fell in Pat Cummins' third over to check Ireland's mini-revival.

With little more than 10 overs bowled, the teams were forced off by a heavy downpour and, despite repeated inspections, the umpires finally called play off shortly before 4pm.

Australia's captain, Clarke, won the toss and sent Ireland in to bat after a 45-minute delay to the scheduled start. The ground had recovered well from heavy pre-match rain, allowing the match to get underway at 11.30am local time, without a reduction on the allotted 50 overs a side.

The tourists made four changes from the team that accounted for Leicestershire in their opening match of the tour, a minor muscle strain ruling out George Bailey and allowing Peter Forrest to come in. The pace attack was reshuffled entirely, Lee, Cummins and Ben Hilfenhaus for Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Clint McKay.

Ireland opened up with Stirling and Porterfield at the top of the order, the same combination that gave Australia a fright the last time these two sides met in 2010, while Tim Murtagh was handed an expected debut.

Ireland 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Will Porterfield (capt), 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Gary Wilson, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Alex Cusack, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Tim Murtagh.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Peter Forrest, 7 Steve Smith, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Xavier Doherty.

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  • on June 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Cricket Ireland have handled this with some deftness. I was extremely disappointed that the game was abandoned after 10.4 overs especially as the t&cs had stated quite clearly that if 9.5 overs were played there would be no refund. However the Irish team earned great credit by making themselves available all afternoon for photographs and autographs (I'm sorry to say the Australians were nowhere to be seen) and then to get home and find that I had the pick of tickets for one of two ODIs or three T20is deflected what could have been a lot of criticism. I still believe that reserve days need to built in as the next day was dry and a full match could have been played but I think Cricket Ireland and the team have done right by the supporters.

  • AKS286 on June 25, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    only 2 or 3 international matches for IriSH team in a year and that is also hit by weather. why not reserve day & place like Ireland covered dome stadiums. whole excitement goes in fuber. ICC must recogonise IriSH, DUTCH & namibia.

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Not sure why the cricket ground just doesn't give back the money, they didn't deliver a match... A replacement game against another team is insulting to the paying public... People may have flown in or rearranged work schedules to see the match & any Oz supporters are not going to return for the other games...

  • johnnycash on June 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Patrick Cummins........remember the name England!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Even Dernbach was clocked at 87mph today in the T20 against WI. Imagine what Broad, Anderson, Finn, Bresnan to name a few could bowl at if they wanted to. And the important thing here is IF THEY WANTED TO: accuracy and consistency is much more important than pace. I'd have Glen McGrath in my team ANYTIME over any of the current battery of pace-bowlers in the Australian sqauds at the moment.

  • chicko1983 on June 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @redwhitearmy and patch master: I looked at the stats and I presented them. Hilfy has a better average in tests and t20, Anderson has a better average in odi. Hilfy also has a test match fifty - he is a better batsman than anderson. How can nick knight call him a 'poor man's jimmy Anderson'? In what way is anderson a 'way better' bowler? Oh, he can swing it both ways? So can I but that doesn't mean I am a better bowler than hilfy! Watch him this series against England, the more you write him off the better it will be for him. He is a much improved bowler than the last ashes.

  • jmcilhinney on June 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (June 24 2012, 04:37 AM GMT), seriously? You're actually asking that question? You do know that Cook, Bell and Trott play for both the England Test and ODI teams, right? If I'm not mistaken, they would have played a game or two against bowlers not from England, am I right? In your rush to show how clever you are and insult England's players you have just embarrassed yourself completely. Then again, given the standard of most of your comments, maybe you are harder to embarrass than most.

  • on June 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Patchmaster: For a good laugh mate, why don't you tell us how many wickets Anderson contributed to the 2009 Ashes victory and at how many runs per wicket?

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @chicko1983 facts are that anderson can swing a ball both directions...hilfenhaus can not

    cmon mate, if you cant recognise the difference, then you know nothing!

  • on June 24, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ, i think your forgetting Stevey Finn

  • on June 25, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Cricket Ireland have handled this with some deftness. I was extremely disappointed that the game was abandoned after 10.4 overs especially as the t&cs had stated quite clearly that if 9.5 overs were played there would be no refund. However the Irish team earned great credit by making themselves available all afternoon for photographs and autographs (I'm sorry to say the Australians were nowhere to be seen) and then to get home and find that I had the pick of tickets for one of two ODIs or three T20is deflected what could have been a lot of criticism. I still believe that reserve days need to built in as the next day was dry and a full match could have been played but I think Cricket Ireland and the team have done right by the supporters.

  • AKS286 on June 25, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    only 2 or 3 international matches for IriSH team in a year and that is also hit by weather. why not reserve day & place like Ireland covered dome stadiums. whole excitement goes in fuber. ICC must recogonise IriSH, DUTCH & namibia.

  • zenboomerang on June 25, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Not sure why the cricket ground just doesn't give back the money, they didn't deliver a match... A replacement game against another team is insulting to the paying public... People may have flown in or rearranged work schedules to see the match & any Oz supporters are not going to return for the other games...

  • johnnycash on June 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Patrick Cummins........remember the name England!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 24, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Even Dernbach was clocked at 87mph today in the T20 against WI. Imagine what Broad, Anderson, Finn, Bresnan to name a few could bowl at if they wanted to. And the important thing here is IF THEY WANTED TO: accuracy and consistency is much more important than pace. I'd have Glen McGrath in my team ANYTIME over any of the current battery of pace-bowlers in the Australian sqauds at the moment.

  • chicko1983 on June 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @redwhitearmy and patch master: I looked at the stats and I presented them. Hilfy has a better average in tests and t20, Anderson has a better average in odi. Hilfy also has a test match fifty - he is a better batsman than anderson. How can nick knight call him a 'poor man's jimmy Anderson'? In what way is anderson a 'way better' bowler? Oh, he can swing it both ways? So can I but that doesn't mean I am a better bowler than hilfy! Watch him this series against England, the more you write him off the better it will be for him. He is a much improved bowler than the last ashes.

  • jmcilhinney on June 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (June 24 2012, 04:37 AM GMT), seriously? You're actually asking that question? You do know that Cook, Bell and Trott play for both the England Test and ODI teams, right? If I'm not mistaken, they would have played a game or two against bowlers not from England, am I right? In your rush to show how clever you are and insult England's players you have just embarrassed yourself completely. Then again, given the standard of most of your comments, maybe you are harder to embarrass than most.

  • on June 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Patchmaster: For a good laugh mate, why don't you tell us how many wickets Anderson contributed to the 2009 Ashes victory and at how many runs per wicket?

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @chicko1983 facts are that anderson can swing a ball both directions...hilfenhaus can not

    cmon mate, if you cant recognise the difference, then you know nothing!

  • on June 24, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @RandyOZ, i think your forgetting Stevey Finn

  • on June 24, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Last the whole irish fixture was hampered by rain, Why dont Irish cricket board set up a well scheduled fixture so that there is no rain hampering?

  • Patchmaster on June 24, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Anderson is WAY better than Hilfanhaus. The fact that ENG have won the last two ashes series would suggest that's pretty obvious.......

  • RandyOZ on June 24, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - against who? No one in England bowls over 140kmph!

  • Timmuh on June 24, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Its a shame that the only match that should be played on this tour got washed out.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 24, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Australia still relying on a over the hill OAP....embarrassing

    England will crush australia like a paper cup

  • jmcilhinney on June 24, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    This is certainly not ideal preparation for Australia leading up to a series against England and you have to feel for Ireland, who get so few games against top-flight opposition as it is. While it was pelting down in Ireland, it looks like Leeds was fairly dry, so it's a shame that the Englnad/WI ODI hadn't been scheduled a day later. Brett Lee certainly showed why that extra bit of pace can make a difference if you can maintain control as well. He hasn't always done that but it sounds like he did here early on. That said, the Irish are not so used to facing such express pace. I wouldn't expect it to bother players like Cook, Bell and Trott so much as they are well used to facing that sort of bowling.

  • chicko1983 on June 24, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Who is nick knight to call Hilfenhaus a poor mans Anderson? Hilfenhaus has a better test average and t20 average than Anderson. Anderson's odi average is better but hilfenhaus is also a Better batsman than Anderson. Finally, hilfenhaus has a ipl contract, anderson does not. What's nick thinking? Oh, that's right, he's from England, where mediocrity can get you an mbe or knighthood so long as youre English. Funny thing is, Anderson is the best English bowler in the last thirty years, hilfy would not be top five for the Aussies. Oh, yeah did anyone watch cummins last night? 94 mph and swinging, on a soggy pitch in his first competitive match in 8 mths. And he's 18. Watch out!

  • smudgeon on June 24, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    thanks for the insightful comments, borhans. i love how based on 10.4 overs of an ODI match against one of the world's best teams, you write off Ireland's entire test future. anyways, moving on. this is a real shame, i would have liked to see how the match panned out. it's a shame this couldn't have been a tri-series with England! that would have had a bit more meaning than the Aus-Eng series scheduled...

  • Number_5 on June 24, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    How hard could it be to schedule another game after the 5 games against the Poms? Give something back to the fans..

  • derpherp on June 24, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    shame about the weather. i wish i could find highlights of this match somewhere, even though it was only 10 overs through :)

  • on June 23, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I doubt the fans who paid for tickets for IRE-AUS match will see an Afghanistan match no disrespect. All of them will clearly watch the 3 match T20 Series between IRE-BAN next month considering its much more competitive and valuable :)

  • borhans on June 23, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    with this type of low run rate Irish can't hope Odi status & some of their fan think they should get Test status what a joke

  • Bruisers on June 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It was understandable that the Irish batsmen had the rain in mind and were looking to make as many runs as possible to start of with, to give the Aussies a decent D/L target. They had batting up to 9 at surely could have given the Aussies a tough game. But, well, the rain ruined the day for them.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 23, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Australia were lucky due to the weather :)

  • TheReverseDoosra_K on June 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I have heard lots about Stirling. And today, for the first time, saw him batting properly. This man really looks good. Shame that this match was ruined. If Ireland can could have reached around 200, they could have really made a match of it because this pitch really has some juice in it.

  • EnglishCricket on June 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    I'd be coming back to remind you when your prediction is wrong :)

  • Jags1 on June 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Matthew,

    I agree with you. Was just thnking what in the broadcasting agreements prevents them form doing so? for example we cannot see Sri Lanka vs Pakistan

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Ireland were lucky due to the weather :)

  • Srini_Indian on June 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Aussies don't need any warm ups to thrash the sorry English/SA side. I expect a 5-0 rout of England by Australia.

  • on June 23, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Wish ESPN would show more Cricket in the US. Thank you for making this make available to us.

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  • on June 23, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Wish ESPN would show more Cricket in the US. Thank you for making this make available to us.

  • Srini_Indian on June 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Aussies don't need any warm ups to thrash the sorry English/SA side. I expect a 5-0 rout of England by Australia.

  • on June 23, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Ireland were lucky due to the weather :)

  • Jags1 on June 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Matthew,

    I agree with you. Was just thnking what in the broadcasting agreements prevents them form doing so? for example we cannot see Sri Lanka vs Pakistan

  • EnglishCricket on June 23, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    I'd be coming back to remind you when your prediction is wrong :)

  • TheReverseDoosra_K on June 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I have heard lots about Stirling. And today, for the first time, saw him batting properly. This man really looks good. Shame that this match was ruined. If Ireland can could have reached around 200, they could have really made a match of it because this pitch really has some juice in it.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 23, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Australia were lucky due to the weather :)

  • Bruisers on June 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It was understandable that the Irish batsmen had the rain in mind and were looking to make as many runs as possible to start of with, to give the Aussies a decent D/L target. They had batting up to 9 at surely could have given the Aussies a tough game. But, well, the rain ruined the day for them.

  • borhans on June 23, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    with this type of low run rate Irish can't hope Odi status & some of their fan think they should get Test status what a joke

  • on June 23, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I doubt the fans who paid for tickets for IRE-AUS match will see an Afghanistan match no disrespect. All of them will clearly watch the 3 match T20 Series between IRE-BAN next month considering its much more competitive and valuable :)