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McDermott joins Ireland staff for World T20

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September 4, 2012

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Craig McDermott and Brett Lee chat during a training session, Cape Town, October 12, 2011
Craig McDermott has worked as the bowling coach of Australia in the past © Getty Images
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Craig McDermott, the former Australia fast bowler, has been appointed Ireland's bowling coach for the World Twenty20, beginning later this month. He will join the team for the pre-tournament training camp in Colombo ahead of the tournament in Sri Lanka.

McDermott, who earlier this year quit as Australia's bowling coach for personal reasons, called the assignment an "exciting opportunity" that would help his coaching career. His most recent assignment was with the Australia team at the Under-19 World Cup held last month.

"I am looking forward to working with Phil [Simmons] and his team at the World T20 in Sri Lanka," McDermott said. "They have a well balance squad and I am looking forward to getting stuck into preparing them for the World T20 in our training camp in Colombo."

The announcement was made by Ireland Cricket chief executive, Warren Deutrom, during a farewell function before the team's departure for Sri Lanka. "Coach Phil Simmons and Cricket Ireland Performance director Richard Holdsworth were keen on the appointment of Craig McDermott and since he was available, we have managed to secure his services for a limited time, that is for the World T20 and the build up before that," Deutrom told ESPNcricinfo.

"The funding for the appointment emanated from the ICC high performance program, which has provided the two associates (Ireland and Afghanistan) playing in the World T20s with financial support," he said.

Holdsworth said he was delighted to have brought McDermott on board Ireland's coaching set-up. "He is vastly experienced both as a top class player and more recently specialist bowling coach," Holdsworth said. "Having recently been bowling coach to the Australian team, his insights into their players will help the team prepare for our match against them on September 19."

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Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

I am getting tired of the Ire/Bang/Zim slug fest. As an Irish fan, I craved for more games against test talent - we asked everyone but only Bangladesh answered that call - their tour will improve Irish cricket and I am grateful to them for coming. I dont say Ireland are better or that they or Zim dont deserve Test status..... i just want us to be able to play at that level and i don't see a logical reason, that why with a 5 year plan we cant be there. I long for the day that William Porterfield can lead Ireland out against Bangladesh in the new stadium in Malahide in a TEST MATCH. I think we have the plan ... if we dont tell us what else we need to do .... and then let us take a place at the top table expanding the love of this great game to another country. Why would anyone not want that?

Posted by JBerger on (September 5, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Hope to see Irish playing all format sooner than later. I am pretty sure given a chance they will improve faster than other minnows. Go Irish---

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

I can't see how adding Ireland to Test status will cause problems because Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and even New Zealand and West Indies struggle at Test level anyway. Besides, adding Ireland will just benefit Cricket in the short term as well as the long because teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will not have to complain on the lack of Test matches they have been playing. The more Cricket you play especially against those of similar quality to you or better, the more you will learn and will gain valuable experience. Its true that 1st class domestic Cricket is extremely vital in order to succeed at Test level which is why a team like Bangladesh if you read an article on their page right now are revamping their 1st class structure so they too can improve at Test Cricket. Ireland for sure will be getting about 15 ODIs against full members infact I think there's a meeting in November this year to discuss about it. Even Cricketing experts and analyses agree that Ireland probably deserve it.

Posted by Biggus on (September 5, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

It can't be too long until Ireland get the big phone call, maybe some time in the next 5-10 years is the best you can hope for since the ICC moves with the speed of an elephant on barbituates. The team should be getting as much exposure as possible, cricket these days is a business and the more interest they can generate the more likely cricket administrators will be to invite them to play. ODIs will have to be the thin end of the wedge, it's not as much of a risk for the bean counters and the Irish have proven themselves more than capable in this format. If we Aussies can play Afghanistan in the UAE we should be playing ODI series with Ireland as part of Ashes tours, even a tri-series between all three would be possible surely. I wouldn't envy Bangladesh too much, even with full membership they still spend much of the year idle, so when they do get a game they're inevitably rusty and underperform.

Posted by mihir_nam on (September 5, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Guys this is T20 not at all related to Full Member status, Just like old days where Bangladesh defeated Pakistan and got elevated to full membership prematurely without first class status.

Well Ireland deserves to be Full Member but i don't want them playing directly at Lords,Durban,Sydney,Calcutta. they should for first 5years play with Bangladesh,Zimbabwe,West Indies,New Zealand , Should be visited and tour by full members for Bi Lateral tours Including T20's. I would like to see India Pakistan Ireland Tri Series ODI before Champions Trophy 2013. Which will bring more audience,sponsors to the game in Ireland.

Back to the topic Craig is really good Coach, Remember his days in late 80's and early 90's ,Hope he trains Irish perfect. Tough Group Windies are tough to beat in T20 and Aussies still can be beaten in like Zimbabwe did to them.

Posted by tfjones1978 on (September 5, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

This is excellent news that such a great player whom has coached Australia's bowling attack only recently will be helping out a team whom by all rights should be a test playing country. No country has had to be as dominate in associate cricket as Ireland has been or caused as many upsets of the traditional 8 test playing nations in ODI & T20s. Ireland A was even competitive against South Africa A in the recent two rain-affected "unofficial tests". However the question does have to be asked, even if Ireland did win the 2012 T20 International World Cup, would the ICC promote them to full member?

Posted by   on (September 5, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

@TheAshes, exactly what I've been trying to say for a long time. Ireland wants to have a FC structure and it plans to have it running by 2013.

It's also completed the upgrades for Malahide cricket ground. It now has a full size International cricket pitch and 12,000 capacity.

They have also done something that no associates have done, they produce a side for each format. Normally with associate cricket there is your best squad. However now we are able to send a side over for games against 2nd XI county sides with our A side. Our recent tour with South Africa A wasn't the best, but with all due respect. This was our A squad playing players like Ingram, Levi, Parnell, Ontong, among others.

This Ireland side is a side fighting for everything they have got. When we do get Test status, we will have achieved it from the back of our own bat.

Nothing was handed to us on a plate...

Posted by The_Ashes on (September 4, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

In my humble opinion, it looks to me that Irish Cricket looks more serious and devout than Zimbabwe Cricket I mean there's no such evidence that Zimbabwe are taking their Cricket seriously with bad match performances and postponement of tours such as their coming series against Pakistan if you read the article produced recently by Cricinfo. Whereas Ireland are doing everything they can to achieve their goals i.e. First Class structure, management and staff, stadiums and facilities etc. Also their players are playing at County Cricket so no doubt Ireland deserve what they're asking for based on these evidence alone because they're finding Associate level far too easy just look at their record and the World Cricket League table in 2010 and the recently ICC World T20 Qualifying event too dominant.

Posted by popcorn on (September 4, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

So what was that all about - giving up coaching the Australian bowlers because he wanted time with his family - next we see he is coaching the Irish team?!

Posted by hhillbumper on (September 4, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

jonesey 2 you are a legend.Delusional but still a legend

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