Ireland v England, RSA Challenge, Malahide September 3, 2013

Morgan, Bopara tons see off Ireland challenge

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England 274 for 4 (Morgan 124*, Bopara 101*, Murtagh 3-33) beat Ireland 269 for 7 (Porterfield 112, Rankin 4-46) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In so many ways this was a fantastic day for Ireland cricket: close to 10,000 people at international cricket's newest venue, perfect weather, a hundred from their captain a new-ball spell that left England reeling. Yet it may also have felt like a bit of a kick in the teeth as Eoin Morgan, who grew up playing his cricket at Malahide, produced a scintillating career-best hundred to ensure the visitors chased down a testing total with a convincing seven overs to spare.

For both teams, the bowling was the weaker suit and Ireland's could not withstand the onslaught. Morgan, who was welcome to the crease by boos but applauded for his landmarks, and Ravi Bopara added 226 for in 28 overs, a record fifth-wicket stand in one-day internationals and England's joint second-best for all wickets, after they had been tottering on 48 for 4. Tim Murtagh bowled his 10 overs straight through to finish with 3 for 33 but Ireland's spinners were disappointing and their fill-in medium-pacers could not provide control.

Bopara ended the match with a stream of boundaries, reaching his maiden ODI hundred off 74 balls - the second fastest for England behind Kevin Pietersen's 69-ball effort against South Africa. He went four, six, four against George Dockrell to ensure he did not run out of runs before Morgan finished the match with another blow over the ropes.

For Morgan, who was also Man of the Match when these sides met two years, this was an especially timely innings. He has been short of runs for England in recent times - this was his first ODI hundred since September 2010 and his first half-century since last August - and, with his continued commitment to the IPL, needed to reaffirm his credentials as England's key middle-order player, especially ahead of captaining against Australia.

England certainly needed them here. William Porterfield's sixth ODI hundred had formed the cornerstone to Ireland's competitive 269 for 7, which became an even more imposing total when England's inexperienced top order was blown away by accurate seam bowling.

Michael Carberry completed a forgettable ODI debut when he was lbw to Trent Johnston for 10 having earlier dropped two catches in the outfield and bowled one over for 12. Murtagh then claimed two wickets in three balls, forcing Luke Wright to chop on and then ending Gary Ballance's debut innings second ball when the left-hander feathered an edge to Gary Wilson trying to leave the ball.

James Taylor mixed some punchy drives with less convincing prods and was bowled by Murtagh. England were 48 for 4, a full house basking under the warm sun were finding their voice and the Guinness was being lined up. Ashley Giles and the England selectors may also have been a little twitchy.

In the end, though, the victory came at a rollicking pace as Morgan and Bopara dispatched the ball to all parts. It bodes well for the future of the venue that its first ODI can produce a pitch where 270 is chased down.

Morgan brought out his full range of strokes - one early cover drive off Kevin O'Brien pinged to the boundary - and he soon dominated against the spin, which diluted a key part of Porterfield's attack. His hundred, the fifth of his ODI career and fourth for England, came from 94 balls and it was brought up with a scorching six over extra cover off Johnston.

Because of his backstory Morgan will make the headlines, but Bopara's role was another massive tick in his column during a season where he has appeared a cricketer revived after last year's problems. Using the experience he has built up, but has often threatened to waste, he was happy to fly under the radar while Morgan made the running, then as the target neared start to expand his strokeplay.

He had 36 off 43 when he struck two huge sixes off Paul Stirling and then made hay against the friendly medium pace of Kevin O'Brien and John Mooney. Having previously fallen for 96 in ODIs he made sure he finally secured three figures in emphatic fashion.

The importance of this match to Ireland was huge - with it being broadcast around the world and played in front of a record attendance - and the captain Porterfield took it upon his shoulders, with a measured 142-ball innings, to ensure England knew they had been in a hard-fought contest.

He reached his hundred in symbolic style, pulling his county colleague and former Ireland team-mate Boyd Rankin for six. Porterfield's previous five hundreds have come against Bangladesh and fellow Associate nations so this one, despite the shadow nature of England's team, arguably stands atop. That his team's bowling performance was a reality check does not dilute his innings.

There were subplots throughout, from county team-mates facing off against each other, two Irish captains (as in 2011) and an England debut for a former Ireland pace bowler who had 37 caps for them. Rankin made a nervous start but finished with a career-best 4 for 46 despite not completing his full 10 overs.

Rankin's first scalp for his new country - he became the eighth player to appear in ODIs for two nations - came when he squared up Stirling and his second wicket came in more unconventional fashion when Ed Joyce's back foot slid back, as he played to the off side, and rocked the base of leg stump, which dislodged a bail.

Only Rankin appeared to notice and pointed at the bail, leading to the umpires consulting the TV evidence, which soon showed that Joyce was out. The dismissal also provided a curious double: at the 2007 World Cup, Joyce and Rankin were on opposite sides and Rankin removed the left-hander with his first ball in the group match.

Ireland's progress, though, remained solid. Porterfield was given a couple of early deliveries to clip off his hip and later picked up boundaries through the off side. England's side felt a specialist pace bowler short and Tredwell was introduced in the 15th over. He should have provided England with a breakthrough when Niall O'Brien, on 14, top-edged a sweep but Carberry made a mess of the chance running in from deep midwicket as the ball bounced out of his hands. England's fielding was below its best throughout.

Tredwell soon took the fielders out of the equation by making another one grip to beat the left-hander on the back foot and hit the top of middle stump then trapped Wilson lbw. Kevin O'Brien joined Porterfield in a stand that had set the platform for a Powerplay boost only for O'Brien to pick out midwicket when he pulled a short delivery from Bopara. The innings stagnated during the fielding restrictions, five overs bringing just 16 runs, before Morgan's gamble with Carberry injected some life back into proceedings.

The sixth-wicket stand with Mooney was worth 63 when Porterfield was bowled off his pads - from way outside leg stump - by Rankin who then added Mooney. Ireland beaten by Ireland, you could say.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Well - strange game. Well played Ireland (Porterfield) for putting up a competitive score and after a poor start well played Ravi/Eoin for making it look easy when our top order made it look so hard. Only saw the highlights but it seemed that Wright had a shocker - just after I bigged him up - (few runs,poor SR) and Carberry hardly made an amends with the bat for some poor fielding. And the 2 batsmen who did the business were players who some have questioned their places in the side. I still hope they give Wright and Carberry a run.

    Only saw the highlights but Tredwell looked to have bowled beautifully and his figures could have been better still with a bit more luck

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    So disappointing for a supporter of Irish cricket, that's 3 games out of 5 ODIs this year (while England will now go on to a play 5 just against the aussies) where we almost upset a full member and instead have come away with nothing. Still a great day with a record crowd and the new ground looked fantastic, a credit to all involved in making the day itself a success. However while cricket in Ireland is on the up a lack of wins compounded by a lack of games is going to hold cricket in Ireland back. 3 home home ODIs a year isn't going to hold the public interest forever

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | September 3, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Wonderful game, wonderful weather and wonderful atmosphere. The best you could have hoped for for this game today. Though Ireland lost, for most of the match they fought well and competed hard with England and the game could've easily went their way had they inserted heavy pressure on England once they were 4 down but credit to Morgan and Ravi for that impressive record breaking partnership. Don't forget that although not playing for their home birth, both Rankin and Morgan were the top performers bat and ball for England and this goes on to prove that Ireland can produce exciting talented cricketers so no need to be hard done by Irish fans because your Irish players from both teams have showed what they are indeed capable off.

    Hopefully ICC will look at this and the recent games with Pakistan and assist in the development of Irish Cricket because the interest is there and they should be playing lots of limited over games against the full member nations. Well done!!!

  • POSTED BY nmdasaya on | September 5, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    two Irishmen hit hundreds & one took 4 wickets yet Ireland lost . how strange !

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | September 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @glance_to_Leg, I like you idea in principle re Morgan, Rankin still playing for Ire in ltd overs cricket but still being available to play test cricket for eng. However I do think it is somewhat flawed. When Eng lost to Ire in the WC in 2011, Morgan was in the test side. Had Morgan played in that match for Ire he would have been playing against a number of his colleagues in the test team which surely would have caused issues.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | September 5, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I must admit i cant blame them for wanting to play for England.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 5, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ gsingh7 on (September 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT) The scorecard with IRELAND and then the total and then ENGLAND and then the total should give it away that it's an Ireland/England game

    @Liquefierrrr on (September 4, 2013, 22:48 GMT) Eng shouldn't take much from this victory but let's face facts they are way better than Scotland.As I said before Tredwell was our best bowler and Ravi was our most impressive batsman. BTW , I presume you're happy with one overseas born player in the side but 2 is a farce or is it that guys like Morgan perform somewhat better than guys like Khawaja for their adopted countries

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 5, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @Liquefierrrr on (September 4, 2013, 22:48 GMT), Bopara scored 46* against Australia in the recent CT and had good stats with both bat and ball against them in their last full ODI series. That's against Australia though, so I guess you're right about him only performing against minnows. As for who performed for England, those who watched the game know that Tredwell and Finn were England's best two bowlers, even if Ranking picked up more wickets. Of Rankin's four wickets, one was an LBW that pitched outside leg and one was a hit wicket, so there was an element of luck there. Tredwell also got a dodgy LBW but had two catches dropped and was far more economical than Rankin, who was not consistently accurate at all, particularly early. I think that most England fans concede that Ireland have been a little hard done by in losing two of their best but why all the exaggeration? Also, if anyone was playing a second XI it was England, with 8 first-choice players rested.

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | September 4, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Another farce - Ireland beat Ireland and the upcoming 'English' talent fails miserably.

    Australia shouldn't take anything from their smashing victory over Scotland, and England should take even less than that for this hollow victory over a minnow, whereby they poached two of Ireland's best players and they are the only ones who performed aside from Bopara, who is a proven failure at the highest level against reasonable opposition.

    But yes, English fans, cheer 'your' side on. We've seen your home-grown depth in the form of Kerrigan and Woakes at Test level recently, so I understand the lack of concession here.

    I was about to implicate Ballance's 2nd ball duck then remembered even he isn't English, he's Zimbabwean.

    This is very typical of an English team that, whilst successful, has a very inflated player base due to the fact that a lot of their sides in all formats are either South African or Irish.

    Poor Ireland, a minnow side playing its 2nd-string XI and they did a great job.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 4, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Colm Mooneyon (September 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT) I genuinely understand your gripes but these players want to play test cricket now while they are in their prime and when do we think Ireland will be accepted as a test playing nation? But this sort of thing has happened against England in other sports. Eng never had a quality left midfielder/winger all those years Giggs was playing for Wales and John Aldridge would surely have made it into the Eng national side. I wonder what the score is if an Irish player (chosen by Eng) wants to go back to Ireland? It didn't seem to take Joyce too long to become available for Ireland again. I wonder if it's that easy to go back and play for Ireland now if Boyd or Eoin change their minds?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Well - strange game. Well played Ireland (Porterfield) for putting up a competitive score and after a poor start well played Ravi/Eoin for making it look easy when our top order made it look so hard. Only saw the highlights but it seemed that Wright had a shocker - just after I bigged him up - (few runs,poor SR) and Carberry hardly made an amends with the bat for some poor fielding. And the 2 batsmen who did the business were players who some have questioned their places in the side. I still hope they give Wright and Carberry a run.

    Only saw the highlights but Tredwell looked to have bowled beautifully and his figures could have been better still with a bit more luck

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    So disappointing for a supporter of Irish cricket, that's 3 games out of 5 ODIs this year (while England will now go on to a play 5 just against the aussies) where we almost upset a full member and instead have come away with nothing. Still a great day with a record crowd and the new ground looked fantastic, a credit to all involved in making the day itself a success. However while cricket in Ireland is on the up a lack of wins compounded by a lack of games is going to hold cricket in Ireland back. 3 home home ODIs a year isn't going to hold the public interest forever

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | September 3, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Wonderful game, wonderful weather and wonderful atmosphere. The best you could have hoped for for this game today. Though Ireland lost, for most of the match they fought well and competed hard with England and the game could've easily went their way had they inserted heavy pressure on England once they were 4 down but credit to Morgan and Ravi for that impressive record breaking partnership. Don't forget that although not playing for their home birth, both Rankin and Morgan were the top performers bat and ball for England and this goes on to prove that Ireland can produce exciting talented cricketers so no need to be hard done by Irish fans because your Irish players from both teams have showed what they are indeed capable off.

    Hopefully ICC will look at this and the recent games with Pakistan and assist in the development of Irish Cricket because the interest is there and they should be playing lots of limited over games against the full member nations. Well done!!!

  • POSTED BY nmdasaya on | September 5, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    two Irishmen hit hundreds & one took 4 wickets yet Ireland lost . how strange !

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | September 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    @glance_to_Leg, I like you idea in principle re Morgan, Rankin still playing for Ire in ltd overs cricket but still being available to play test cricket for eng. However I do think it is somewhat flawed. When Eng lost to Ire in the WC in 2011, Morgan was in the test side. Had Morgan played in that match for Ire he would have been playing against a number of his colleagues in the test team which surely would have caused issues.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | September 5, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    I must admit i cant blame them for wanting to play for England.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 5, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @ gsingh7 on (September 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT) The scorecard with IRELAND and then the total and then ENGLAND and then the total should give it away that it's an Ireland/England game

    @Liquefierrrr on (September 4, 2013, 22:48 GMT) Eng shouldn't take much from this victory but let's face facts they are way better than Scotland.As I said before Tredwell was our best bowler and Ravi was our most impressive batsman. BTW , I presume you're happy with one overseas born player in the side but 2 is a farce or is it that guys like Morgan perform somewhat better than guys like Khawaja for their adopted countries

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 5, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @Liquefierrrr on (September 4, 2013, 22:48 GMT), Bopara scored 46* against Australia in the recent CT and had good stats with both bat and ball against them in their last full ODI series. That's against Australia though, so I guess you're right about him only performing against minnows. As for who performed for England, those who watched the game know that Tredwell and Finn were England's best two bowlers, even if Ranking picked up more wickets. Of Rankin's four wickets, one was an LBW that pitched outside leg and one was a hit wicket, so there was an element of luck there. Tredwell also got a dodgy LBW but had two catches dropped and was far more economical than Rankin, who was not consistently accurate at all, particularly early. I think that most England fans concede that Ireland have been a little hard done by in losing two of their best but why all the exaggeration? Also, if anyone was playing a second XI it was England, with 8 first-choice players rested.

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | September 4, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Another farce - Ireland beat Ireland and the upcoming 'English' talent fails miserably.

    Australia shouldn't take anything from their smashing victory over Scotland, and England should take even less than that for this hollow victory over a minnow, whereby they poached two of Ireland's best players and they are the only ones who performed aside from Bopara, who is a proven failure at the highest level against reasonable opposition.

    But yes, English fans, cheer 'your' side on. We've seen your home-grown depth in the form of Kerrigan and Woakes at Test level recently, so I understand the lack of concession here.

    I was about to implicate Ballance's 2nd ball duck then remembered even he isn't English, he's Zimbabwean.

    This is very typical of an English team that, whilst successful, has a very inflated player base due to the fact that a lot of their sides in all formats are either South African or Irish.

    Poor Ireland, a minnow side playing its 2nd-string XI and they did a great job.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 4, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Colm Mooneyon (September 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT) I genuinely understand your gripes but these players want to play test cricket now while they are in their prime and when do we think Ireland will be accepted as a test playing nation? But this sort of thing has happened against England in other sports. Eng never had a quality left midfielder/winger all those years Giggs was playing for Wales and John Aldridge would surely have made it into the Eng national side. I wonder what the score is if an Irish player (chosen by Eng) wants to go back to Ireland? It didn't seem to take Joyce too long to become available for Ireland again. I wonder if it's that easy to go back and play for Ireland now if Boyd or Eoin change their minds?

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | September 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    well done to irish lads boyd, morgan, porterfield. i thought its a domestic match when morgan was batting against irish bowlers then i realised he is in an england shirt playing against his birth-country. it would have been excruciatingly painful for irish fans to watch one of their own score a match winning century against their team. wonder if they complained to icc about all this player poaching going on.. not fair to irish,at all

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | September 4, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Why don't they join hands and play as one team - UK ....????

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | September 4, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    @lukemckeown89, I think it would have been harsh if Morgan had been told he couldn't play test cricket for eng because he had played for the country of his birth who are an associate & cannot play tests. I do agree that there should have been a proper qual period & that neither EM or Rankin should have been allowed to represent Ire & then represent Eng in such a short period of time. Rankin was also part of the Lions set up whilst still playing for Ire which can't be right either. The simple way around it would be to include Ire on the CFTP & as part of that give them limited test status. There is no reason why they won't be at the very least competive with Ban or Zim & I think they would at least be capable of doing well at home against teams like WIN, NZL & SRL. If this ltd status was given then an Irish player wishing to switch to Eng would have to go thru a 4 yr qualification period to become eligible, which i'm sure would go a long way to preventing the player drain.

  • POSTED BY Optic on | September 4, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    @ my_comments To anyone that watched the game the best English bower was clearly Tredwell then Finn, Rankin got wickets but bowled lots of pies. I also think Bopara's innings was the better, with a much superior strike rate and overall better hitting.

  • POSTED BY Optic on | September 4, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @ Patchmaster You might want to check you're facts about Bopara before making such a baseless remark. Since 01 Jan 2012 he averages 48.83 at a strike-rate of 94.66 in ODIs, he also averages 26.35 with the ball at an economy-rate of 4.19. He was England 's best player in the recent CT, so how is he 'saves his place by the skin of his teeth'. You might want to open both eyes and get rid of the agenda because Ravi has been excellent for England in one day cricket the past 18 months.

  • POSTED BY glance_to_leg on | September 4, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @lukemckeown89 I quite take your point about Murtagh. My remark was aimed at some of the sillier jingoistic comments made against English poaching. I also think one needs to understand the desire of individual players to test themselves at the highest level. Personally I'd like to see the divide between test and abbreviated cricket. I think it quite right that - if he is selected again, which I think would be mistaken - Morgan should be permitted to play test cricket for England, since Ireland doesn't have a test team. I would prefer to see him turn out for Ireland in one day/T20s. I don't have any problem with the idea of associate players representing test playing nations in parallel. If you have long qualification periods, it will discourage promising young players from opting to play for their associate team as it might hamper their future chances playing for a test nation. This will just weaken the associate teams.

  • POSTED BY lukemckeown89 on | September 4, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @glance_to_leg Murtagh never played for England where as Morgan and Rankin played 75 ODIs and T20's between them not to mention first class and List A matches. The rules favour to select associate players, a number of the Irish team could conceivably play for England in a match today which just seems ridiculous. There should at least be a 2 years of not playing internationals for players changing from associates just like the full members or better still not being able to change after playing a full international for any team. Basically the ICC are saying that they don't recognise associate cricket as being a proper match and that only once you play for a full member it counts. Being able to play for one team in one world cup and another in the next is just bizarre.

  • POSTED BY glance_to_leg on | September 4, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Omar Nizam's idea is a nice one, except that the 'Rest of the World' XI might consist largely of Antipodeans and South Africans who have decided to hitch their colours to the flag of the Netherlands, Ireland, &c. Given the flexibility of qualification it would simply become a passport for players with some vague contact with non-test nations to get a chance at international cricket. It is a lovely idea, but I don't think it would work in practice unless more stringent criteria were adopted. Incidentally, amid all the talk of England stealing Irish players (and I think it is a shame that Morgan and Rankin were not playing for Ireland), people forget that Ireland's best bowler was an Englishman.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | September 4, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    @Brian Bachan - Morgan has played 80 ODIs for England. He has captained the side on several occasions and played virtually every ODI possible since his England debut. Rankin has already played for England in a T20 match. The statement that he only plays matches against Ireland is pretty stupid. The claim that this applies to Morgan as well is just wrong. As has been pointed out many times before, players are not 'poached' - they alone decide whether to qualify for England and at no stage of this process are they offered any guarantee of selection.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | September 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @RFC73, How are Ire ever going to develop if their best players end up playing for Eng & they can't replace them with players born overseas with Irish connections. I am an Eng fan myself but Irish cricket should not just be seen as a feeder system for the Eng team. Ire need to recruit players with Irish connections from overseas in the short term if they are to remain the stand out associate country & achieve their aim of full member status. Without recruiting these types of players they will not be competitive, people will loose interest & the team will probably end up something like Kenya, and there will be no more occasions like y'day. Murtagh, Johnston & Sorenson are Ire 3 best seam bowlers & of all come from overseas. Yesterday was a fantastic occasion for Irish cricket & a very entertaining game with Ire showing again that they can be competitive against the stronger nations.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    As a neutral supporter of cricket it's sad to see Ireland continuously lose its best cricketers to England . These players then feature for only a few games for the English side, enough to make them 3rd or 4th reserve players but then hinders the growth of Ireland. I for one would take it as a slap in the face that the leading bowler and batsman came from my home country and were poached and are only selected to play games against their home country. This is not a club match and seems in poor taste. ICC needs to step in.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | September 4, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @RFC73, I'm not sure how you can draw the conclusion that Carberry, Taylor & Ballance are all out of the depth after just 1 ODI. I am taking nothing away from Ire's attack but they would all have faced and scored runs against better bowlers in some county games this year. In terms of Aus the top order will be completley different. KP, Root & Trott will all be back in the side, Ballance & Taylor are not even in the squad for that series!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 4, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @MartinC, the only people that dont appreciate england winning are those that have only supported them since they became successful, around 2003/4.

    Those of us who have supported england through the dark daysof the 90s' remember the darkeness where wins were like gold.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | September 4, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @Colm Mooney - The concept of players 'not being needed' conflicts with the basic right of every player who is eligible to play international cricket for more than one country to decide which one he will represent. Can Pakistan say that they 'need' Imran Tahir, Fawad Ahmed or Usman Khawaja? Could England have said that they 'needed' Andrew Symonds? The concept is nonsensical.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    It's disappointing but understandable to see Irish players opting to play for England, because they have an ambition to play Test cricket. Ireland are unlucky and all the more poorer to have this talent drain.

    A simple solution which the ICC could look into is to have a "Rest of the World" playing XI made up of the best players from associate nations. Give these associate players the opportunity to play Test cricket against a proper test nation, and give these matches 'official test status'.

    This will help to both stop the talent drain and also provide these ambitious players with an opportunity to play test cricket.

    At the end of the day, everyone wins.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | September 4, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Given how Ire performed in this game & the games against Pak earlier in the summer, you just feel that they are currently 2 or 3 players short of a side who could do consitently well against full member nations. The concern would be the bowling Johnston & Murtagh both bowled well y'day but were not backed up. TJ retires soon & TM won't be around for much longer. I guess there are high hopes that Sorenson will be able to lead the attack in years to come but if Ire are to sustain their push for full member status then they will need more depth in their bowling. I know Johnston, Sorenson & Murtagh are all imports but perhaps in the short term at least Ire may have to continue to look overseas. The start of the interprovincial 3 day competion, which is seen as a forerunner to an eventual domestic FC stucture should hopefully see Ire produce more homegrown talent in yrs to come but in the short term they need to keep pushing the better sides to nudge the icc in to granting them full status.

  • POSTED BY RFC73 on | September 4, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    The biggest worry for England is that Carberry Taylor and Ballance looked out of their depth - we can't keep relying on two players against the Aussies. I have to say I don't understand the fuss about Morgan and Rankin - IMO an individual has the right to play at the highest level that their talent allows and if Morgan and Rankin think they are good enough for Test cricket there is no reason to discriminate against them on the grounds of nationality. That is an anarcronism that should have no place in reality. I should stress this should only apply to players from associate countries so IMO Murtagh should not be playing for Ireland, It should not apply to someone not good enough to play for a Test country just a player from an associate who might be good enough for Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Guernica on | September 4, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    I'm English but I certainly agree that the rules about switching countries should work the same in both directions (between associate and full member). It's just not right that you can play for one country a few months after playing for another.

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | September 4, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    It is getting quite amusing watching posters twist themselves into pretzel sticks after England wins finding reasons for that win other than England are actually a very good and efficient team. Either that or wingeing about where players representing England are from (the same eligibility rules apply globally and its worth noting Ireland best (only?) bowler was English).

    Being very efficient, disciplined and understanding how to win are actually quite rare traits in sport. They tend not to be much loved or appreciated by the fans of the other nations (or even some more 'romantic' Englishmen). It has been an interesting experience, for example, watching Australian fans embrace the role of 'plucky loser' finding comfort from defeat in finding one or two players who don't look totally out of their depth. I recall those days well.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | September 4, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345 on (September 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT). Ireland is an entirely separate country & has been so since 1922 when the republic, after a mighty & bloody struggle, gained its independence from GB! In no sense is it part of 'Britain' (by which I think you mean the UK - which includes the island of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). It's like suggesting SriLanka is actually part of India! That hasn't been the case since 1948 (when it was still known as Ceylon, as you probably know). I hope you'll appreciate this geo-political lesson as it may save you a great deal of embarrassment if you ever start up a conversation with an Irishman or Irish woman! BW.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    jmcilhinney - It's not about Murtagh being English, it's about him never being needed to play International cricket for England, so either he sit on the International bench and think of what if, or Ireland gave him a chance.

    While Rankin/Morgan are certainly wanted by Cricket Ireland. Murtagh isn't needed, I've no problem with players born outside of a particular country but still playing for that country. Providing they're not needed by their country of birth.

    That's the big difference with TJ, Max, Murtag over Boyd/Rankin/Kervezee

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 4, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    @my_comments on (September 4, 2013, 2:59 GMT) To add to JMC's response - wasn't Tredwell the best English bowler and could be argued he had the best figures even if he didn't take the most wickets. Significantly better economy rate and 2 wickets could easily have been more had chances been taken and he had a little luck going for him

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 4, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Interesting warm up game before the Aussies, Boparaand Morgan both showing that they are very good Limited overs players, even if they dont make test standard. Its a shame carberry struggled, but I suspect we'll see more of him in the upcoming series.

    Love some of the optomistic comments about the game, especially the ones saying Ireland almost upset the odds. England won with 7 overs to spare and the irish fans claim they almost caused an Upset, had it gone to the last over then they might be able to claim that, but really had England lost to India with 7 overs to spare the boards would be alive with the sound of vitriole about how poor england were.

  • POSTED BY lukemckeown89 on | September 4, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @jmcilhinney You're very quick to point out that Murtagh is English but he never played for England and has Irish family so can quite rightly turn out for us. The real issue is that an Irish player can switch to playing for England overnight but if he wants to go back to Ireland it takes 2 years of not playing internationals (previously 4). Surely the rules should be the same for all countries and not made to suit the bigger teams. Once a player plays a senior Test, ODI or T20I he has to stay with that country, lets put an end to all this switching allegiances!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | September 4, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Since the players are frequently changing their sides, it will be good if Britain plays as a side rather than England or Ireland or Scotland.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Ireand lost the game bu they have won the hear of cricket loving people all around the world well played.It was great to see Ireland fighting in the game hope Ireland will get to play more game against the test status countries

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 4, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (September 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT), correction: Bopara and Wright had only bowled 9 between them when Carberry bowled his over. Bopara then bowled another that went for 4 runs though. If he was going to bowl Bopara again anyway then why did Morgan bowl Carberry at all?

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 4, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 3, 2013, 17:20 GMT), nice try but Murtagh is English. Check your facts before trying to ridicule, or you just end up looking ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Rankin took four wickets and good on him for that but I would have to say that England's best bowler was easily James Tredwell. Given how much turn he was getting, I was surprised that Morgan didn't bring Carberry on earlier rather than have Bopara and Wright bowl so many. By the time he did bring him on, England had already bowled the 10 overs they needed from their fifth bowler so there was no need. Why would you have a part-time spinner bowl their first over in the 41st when you had other options? If Carberry had already bowled cheaply or someone else had been expensive then I could understand it but there just doesn't seem to be a good reason for him to have bowled that over.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 4, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @my_comments on (September 4, 2013, 2:59 GMT), Ireland's best bowling figures came from an Englishman yet I don't see you complaining about that.

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    The weather was great, the crowd big and boisterous, the ICC were in the stand watching as were cricket fans in India LIVE. Ireland set a competitive total and had England in trouble - if the TV numbers were good then this has been a huge success for Irish cricket. It looked and indeed was, a professional and well run event - pity we couldn't get the win but we were competitive

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | September 4, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Two Irishmen make 100s and one takes 4 wickets and England win! Ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY my_comments on | September 4, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    England's Best Bowling and batting figures came out of Irish players. I think its time to stop this kind of changing your country policy and even England should stop taking Irish players...

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 4, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    @salazar555 on (September 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT), quite so. It would be a shame to wait all this time and then blow it. At his age, he's not likely to get another chance. I'm sure that he'll play against Australia but if he doesn't perform there then that will likely be it. If he does then that might help him get a gig at the next WT20, although you'd think that they'd want him to actually play some T20Is first. After making so much noise about Carberry not playing before this, I wonder whether BRUTALANALYST will make an appearance on this report. He was complaining even after Hales and Lumb did very well in the second T20I against Australia but, on the strength of this performance, Carberry wouldn't have been an asset. It's just one game though, and there's no reason that he shouldn't redeem himself against Australia. Carberry that is, not BRUTALANALYST.

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | September 4, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Congratulations to Ireland Cricket for putting on such a spectacle - a showcase to the rest of the world that they belong in the top rung of international teams. A beautiful ground, a crowd of 10,000, and a very good pitch with a great outfield.

    Two centuries to Irish players - Porterfield and Morgan and the best bowling of the match from an Irishman - Rankin.

    If Ireland aren't accepted into the club of Test playing countries by 2020 then there's something seriously wrong with the ICC!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 4, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    A bit of a strange game. England picked 6 specialist bowlers for the squad and then left 3 of them out, relying on 3 frontline bowlers and 3 allrounders to get through the overs. Not even that went smoothly: just as England had put a stranglehold on the Irish innings in the batting powerplay, Morgan brought on Carberry ( has he ever bowled in the last 10 overs before?) to relieve the pressure. Then Stokes was given the 49th over leaving Rankin with an over unused. 269 was a pretty good score on a slow wicket.

    The first 4 wickets went quickly and I was especially sorry to see Ballance caught in two minds second ball. Never mind, England's batting coach can tell him how it feels; for anyone who hasn't heard the old joke, Gooch is the only player whose name contains both his scores in his first test. Bopara and Morgan first stopped the rot then knocked off the runs easily.

    Good show by Ireland, a great day and a great crowd. A fine advertisement for cricket in Ireland.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 4, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Ireland had a bit of good luck with several catches being missed but also a bit of bad luck with a hit wicket and a couple of dodgy LBWs. The drops were England's fault of course, while the LBWs were not Ireland's. It must be bitter-sweet for Irish fans to see two of their products do so well for the opposition but at least Murtagh made up for that somewhat by being their best bowler. After Tredwell got so much turn and bowled so well, the Irish will be very disappointed that their spinners were ineffective. I'm sure Carberry will get more chances against Australia and probably do better. Good to see Bopara in form and he's been an important man for England as his bowling can be invaluable. I'd not be surprised to see him get one last shot at a Test spot some time, unless Bairstow or Taylor come good.

  • POSTED BY hotcric01 on | September 4, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    England still seems to be a good ODI team with kp,morgan,bopara and wright in the middleorder.carberry should provide a solid start using his recent domestic experiences. But they look like short of a specialist pace bowler and also lack experiences in pace bowlig department although finn and rankin are fine bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 3, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Bopara, yet again, saves his place by the skin of his teeth. I genuinely still think he just isn't an international player.......no doubt he'll now go on to score a string of 'run a ball thirties' and keep his place for another year. I've never seen anyone bat for his average as much as Bopara does, or as commentators say 'he's happy to rotate the strike and play a supporting role..........' Sigh...............

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 3, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Well, we certainly didn't disgrace ourselves, Ireland. Just like in the second match against Pakistan, we had them on the ropes only for our lack of bowling depth to let us down - can't help thinking that if we still had Boydo and Morgan we'd have won comfortably.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | September 3, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Ravi Bopara's last 5 innings (all have been in limited overs matches for Essex and for England) have been 88, 130, 45, 1* & 101*. Why do people still complain that he is not worth a place in the side (as some were doing bitterly when the sides were announced)?

    Irish fans might just wonder if the result would have been different if Will Porterfield had not made the strategic gamble of bowling Tim Murtagh out. It meant that Ireland's biggest threat was out of the game after 19 overs. It could have paid off if England had lost one more wicket but, in the end, it left Ireland without anyone to come back and restore order when the support bowling went for 145 from the last 13 overs.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | September 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Ireland took England all the way here till a master class from Bopara and Morgan. Please give them test status now so they can regain their best players and compete in the most prestigious format. They are definitely ready.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    @ H_Z_O on (September 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT) Re Stokes - TBH I've not really followed his stats etc and guess naively though he was more of a batsman by the position he usually bats for Durham. Maybe even a better option (if we ever do the 5/1/5 - this time with the correct formation within the 5 bowlers)

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT) I hear what you're saying but I still felt there weren't enough bowling options available - not even a second spin option although it seems Stokes is better than I had him down as

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    This very day in 2005 Bopara and Cook scored 100,s in a 2 day match vs a strong Aus team. in fact Cook got 214. Well done Ravi and Eoin

  • POSTED BY Barking_Mad on | September 3, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Shame Rankin wasn't playing for Ireland, as he should have been.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    An interesting warm up game for England today against Ireland, despite excellent centuries by Irish Batsmen Morgan and Porterfield as well as 4 wickets for Irish paceman Rankin England managed to win by 6 wickets, a unbeaten century by Bopara and 3 wickets for Murtagh being the highlights for England.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    there was no guinness available!

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | September 3, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    I wonder if Porterfield missed a trick in that Trent johnson bowled 7 overs and Sorenson bowled 4 whilst the part time bowlers Mooney and O'Brian took a hammering. Had he gone all out for a wicket with Johnson / Sorenson and got Ravi or Morgan it may have been closer

  • POSTED BY anton1234 on | September 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I am not a fan of the 50 over game. It seems to go on forever. If the match lasts near 100 hours then its around 8/9 hours, which is way too long. I would like it 40 overs a side with an innings completed in 2 1/2 hours with a 15/20 minute break between innings. The entire match should be completed in no more than 5 1/2 hours.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | September 3, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Well the man they were all shouting about ie Carberry didn't exactly cover himself with glory today... and as for Overton... what a waste of time taking him if he wasn't going to play... The selectors know all about Finn.. so if they were looking at this game to find out about other fringe players.. Overton should have played.. or gone back to Somerset who are playing a game which might decide their first division status for next year... A bit thoughtless I would say... So all in all, England didn't learn very much from this game that they didn't know already.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | September 3, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    The day itself with all that sunshine rather countered that grubby little article shown elsewhere and a certain sort bonhommie and carefree spirit seemed more in charge.Thankfully there was no embarrassment and Morgan and Bopara picked up the pieces of the early part of their innings with distinction and aplomb. The side for Aus will be different with the big boys back but at least we know some of our players are running hot.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Nice to see Luke Wright revert back to type and get a docile single figure score, as his ODI average creeps ever closer towards the teens. Michael Carberry, shall we say, bottled it in every respect, Morgan's career has been revived (humble pie tastes good, fellas), and Bopara proves once again that he belongs in ODI cricket rather than T20.

    Porterfield proves me wrong and shows that his prior poor county form doesn't take away from his ability - great stuff, William. Tim Murtagh is a quality professional and bowled nicely. Porterfield might be a little annoyed with the bowling performance of his former colleague Boyd Rankin though!!!

    Good to see Jade Dernbach is nowhere in sight, although sad to see Scotland put up a truly miserable farce of a performance.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | September 3, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    It was quite annoying to see Morgan and Ranking in England side and Ed Joyce in Irish side.Morgan and Ranking both played world cup for Ireland while Joyce played for England.I found no spirit in their representation of the teams.It looked like a club game where players change their sides with time.

  • POSTED BY Garp on | September 3, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    When will the England selectors face up to the fact Wright is horrible? 5 find from 20 balls and then as usual there's his wicket away. Sure we won the match but we were always expected to do so and the scoreline isn't flattering at all. But like usual the regulars need a 3 month break after playing the last 3 months, I'd say being an England Cricket regular is one of the best job' s on the planet. Your paid a hefty wage, your not required to perform on any sort of a consistent basis, and your given at least 6 months of the year off, ohh and you play a game for a living, what a job. I'd say the odds of us retaining the urn this winter are slim at best. Like always the players will be going from 3 months at home with no cricket straight into an ashes series, sure they may have a couple of warm ups but like usual not everyone will play and they'll be so out of form and fitness it won't help. This is exactly why cricket has gone the way of the buffalo.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | September 3, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Superb per4mances by 4 Irishmen- William, Morgan, Murtagh & Rankin. lol. The moral of the match: The win of nationals mayn't b the win for the nation.

  • POSTED BY voma on | September 3, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Hmm , looked a bit to easy for England really . What would happen in a test match against a full strength English bowling attack . But well played Ireland !

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Bit of a turnaround in the end - good knocks from Morgan and Bopara. Short formats are where these two belong, and this is why. Not sure if there's much learnt from this game in the end really... Rankin seems to have settled into the England team I guess!

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | September 3, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Excellent performance from Ireland today. Two centuries, 4 wicket haul. All Ireland show. This goes to show that if England doesn't poach players from Ireland, they'll challenge SL and Bangladesh quite easily.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | September 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    One bad game for Carberry shouldn't be held against him, he got a real good ball still back him to open v Aus with KP right hand left hand combo is always good at the top. I'll be REAL disappointed if he's dropped after 1 game! Ballance as well is a top player a debut can get best of anyone no doubt we will be hearing a wave of negativity towards them both despite outstanding performances all yr elsewhere . . .

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Yup - and you can add Ballance to that list as well (although at least he took a good catch in the slips)...

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | September 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Rankin and Murtagh both took their career Best figures in this match against the countries of their birth. Amazing.

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | September 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    10 runs, 2 dropped catches and some poor fielding, a day Carberry will want to forget, it was up there with Kerrigan's debut. He needs to get his act together quick or England career might be very short indeed

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I bet the Irish boys are digging-in to Boyd Rankin asking him "now why couldn't you do that for us before?"...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Porterfield on his ton! A real captain's knock... Sounds like he's had some help from Carberry along the way, but still a great knock against good bowling.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @JG2704 (post on September 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT): In the shorter formats, personally I feel you can get away with this more (i.e. fewer specialist bowlers and more bits-and-pieces players like Bopara). I'm quite pleased to see England finally toy with this strategy, even though it's perhaps not worked so well at times in the past when bowlers like Dernbach were in expensive mode... Given that spin-bowlers dominate the ranking tables for the shorter-formats and can really choke the run-rates, it continues to baffle me why England refuse to play at least 2 spinners though.

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | September 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @JG2704 while Stokes may be better known for his batting, I'm not sure it's still his stronger suit anymore. His bowling's improved considerably (69 wickets at 23.89 in the last two Championship seasons) while his batting's regressed (1188 runs at 28 over the last two Championship seasons, with just 2 hundreds) a bit. If he makes it into Test side it'll definitely be as a bowling all-rounder.

    I know this is one day, but even there his batting (647 runs at 41.61 in the last two 40-over seasons) is hardly as impressive as his bowling (20 wickets at 22.11, with a strike rate of 24.8, albeit with an economy rate over 5). He seems to have put on a bit more pace as a bowler, and I reckon he could end up a lot like Freddie; a quick bowler who can slog a bit.

    I am surprised Overton isn't playing though, probably in place of Finn. I understand the desire to give Rankin a debut in familiar circumstances against a team he knows very well, but why pick Overton in the squad if he won't play?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    PS looking at the side we seem to be very reliant on bits and pieces all rounders with just 3 specialist bowlers and 3 all rounders who are all probably better known for their batting

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Glad Wright is playing but as a Somerset fan I'm disappointed that Overton isn't playing. I don't think Jamie deserves an ODI place at this stage but it's disappointing that with Somerset playing a key relegation battle today they are without one of their key players and also Buttler and if they were going to play Jamie surely this was the game to play him in.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Glad Wright is playing but as a Somerset fan I'm disappointed that Overton isn't playing. I don't think Jamie deserves an ODI place at this stage but it's disappointing that with Somerset playing a key relegation battle today they are without one of their key players and also Buttler and if they were going to play Jamie surely this was the game to play him in.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | September 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    PS looking at the side we seem to be very reliant on bits and pieces all rounders with just 3 specialist bowlers and 3 all rounders who are all probably better known for their batting

  • POSTED BY H_Z_O on | September 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @JG2704 while Stokes may be better known for his batting, I'm not sure it's still his stronger suit anymore. His bowling's improved considerably (69 wickets at 23.89 in the last two Championship seasons) while his batting's regressed (1188 runs at 28 over the last two Championship seasons, with just 2 hundreds) a bit. If he makes it into Test side it'll definitely be as a bowling all-rounder.

    I know this is one day, but even there his batting (647 runs at 41.61 in the last two 40-over seasons) is hardly as impressive as his bowling (20 wickets at 22.11, with a strike rate of 24.8, albeit with an economy rate over 5). He seems to have put on a bit more pace as a bowler, and I reckon he could end up a lot like Freddie; a quick bowler who can slog a bit.

    I am surprised Overton isn't playing though, probably in place of Finn. I understand the desire to give Rankin a debut in familiar circumstances against a team he knows very well, but why pick Overton in the squad if he won't play?

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @JG2704 (post on September 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT): In the shorter formats, personally I feel you can get away with this more (i.e. fewer specialist bowlers and more bits-and-pieces players like Bopara). I'm quite pleased to see England finally toy with this strategy, even though it's perhaps not worked so well at times in the past when bowlers like Dernbach were in expensive mode... Given that spin-bowlers dominate the ranking tables for the shorter-formats and can really choke the run-rates, it continues to baffle me why England refuse to play at least 2 spinners though.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Porterfield on his ton! A real captain's knock... Sounds like he's had some help from Carberry along the way, but still a great knock against good bowling.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I bet the Irish boys are digging-in to Boyd Rankin asking him "now why couldn't you do that for us before?"...

  • POSTED BY salazar555 on | September 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    10 runs, 2 dropped catches and some poor fielding, a day Carberry will want to forget, it was up there with Kerrigan's debut. He needs to get his act together quick or England career might be very short indeed

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | September 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Rankin and Murtagh both took their career Best figures in this match against the countries of their birth. Amazing.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Yup - and you can add Ballance to that list as well (although at least he took a good catch in the slips)...

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | September 3, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    One bad game for Carberry shouldn't be held against him, he got a real good ball still back him to open v Aus with KP right hand left hand combo is always good at the top. I'll be REAL disappointed if he's dropped after 1 game! Ballance as well is a top player a debut can get best of anyone no doubt we will be hearing a wave of negativity towards them both despite outstanding performances all yr elsewhere . . .