Ireland v Australia, Only ODI, Stormont August 27, 2015

Warner, Burns set up Australia victory

Ger Siggins in Stormont

Australia 222 for 6 (Warner 84, Burns 69) beat Ireland 157 (O'Brien 45, Coulter-Nile 3-13) by 23 runs (DLS method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Joe Burns made 69 opening the batting on his ODI debut © Getty Images

Australia tuned up for the limited-overs leg of their tour of England with a 23-run DLS win over Ireland in Belfast. But while just five of those who played in the Ashes turned out here, the middle-order frailties exposed by England remained apparent as they slipped from 165 for 1 to 190 for 5 in a six-over spell.

The Civil Service North ground is situated within the Stormont estate which has been the seat of power in Northern Ireland for more than a century. Up the hill in Parliament Buildings, the legislative assembly has been convulsed this week by a row with threatens to collapse the government.

More mundane collapses were a concern for both John Bracewell and Darren Lehmann as their sides showed vulnerability against raw pace and seam movement respectively.

On a day when rain forced a late start and three lengthy interruptions, the world champions failed to capitalise on an opening stand of 139 to post just 222 for 6 from 40.2 overs.

Ireland's young medium-pacer Craig Young was loose early on and his width was repeatedly punished on a soft pitch. With the ball sitting up to be hit, Joe Burns' introduction to one-day internationals was gentle, with three successive fours helping him to 26 off just the first 13 balls he faced. The Queenslander will face more testing attacks in the coming weeks and months but he looked the part here, flashing some delicious shots through cover and lifting a long hop on to the third umpire's tent on his way to 69.

"It was good fun", Burns said afterwards. "It was nice just to get off the mark and then to get a few boundaries away and it started to feel like any other game after a few overs."

He and David Warner took the score past 100 in just 88 balls and soon had the highest partnership for Australia for any wicket against Ireland. Young returned for a more composed second spell but overstepped when having Burns caught behind and the wicket was rescinded. Happily for Young, whose career with Sussex was halted through injury, he claimed the debutant at little extra cost when the ball started to carry through a bit more.

After ten overs Australia were 80 for 0, but the next two ten-over spells went for just 44 apiece as the rate was hauled down from worrying heights. A key contributor to that parsimony was offspinner Andy McBrine, who had been preferred to George Dockrell. McBrine impressed many with a spell of 10-1-26-0 in the win over against West Indies in the World Cup, but he was promptly dropped then and played only twice more in the competition.

Dockrell, meanwhile, has had a miserable summer in which he has yet to play a single first team game for his county, Somerset, and has now been dropped for an ODI for the first time since his debut in 2010. It would have been Dockrell's 50th game too, and another Irish fan favourite also missed out on a milestone as Kevin O'Brien's hamstring prevented him playing his 250th game at all levels, a record for an Irishman in all sports.

Tim Murtagh also returned with a devastating closing spell of four overs, dismissing Man of the Match Warner, for 84, and George Bailey at a cost of just seven runs. Shane Watson, in only his second innings in five weeks, repaired matters and was on 26 off 25 balls when the perennial bane of Irish cricket - rain - visited again and the innings was aborted.

William Porterfield flicked Mitchell Starc's first ball to the boundary but the fifth yorked the Ireland captain and next over Paul Stirling looked at sea in a four-ball duck.

But Ed Joyce and Niall O'Brien have 70 years on the planet and 31 years of international cricket between them and they first steadied the ship and then gave the 3000 or so fans a reason to cheer. Joyce, who scored a century against Australia in January 2007 (albeit in the blue of England), was his usual deft self, placing balls just wide of fielders and pacing his innings to a tee. With Ireland just one big hit off the DLS lead he made room to work away Glenn Maxwell and was bowled for 44. His partnership with O'Brien yielded 86 off 76 balls.

O'Brien, restored to the gauntlets after three years in purgatory, was in exuberant form. He traded quips with the Aussies and fended a Pat Cummins bouncer away with his gloves while accumulating steadily. But he too fell to Maxwell, dancing down the track and lifting him to Burns at long-on.

Stuart Thompson thumped Maxwell for two sixes to leave the equation at 46 off five overs with five wickets standing but Ireland's finishing has been rusty lately and the lower-middle order succumbed to the pressure as Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile mopped up.

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  • Shipu on August 29, 2015, 9:56 GMT

    Ireland are one of the most overrated teams out there even though they're an associate. Love their fighting spirit but really they have no decent fast bowlers and as a result will continue to lose 9/10 to the current top 8 ODI teams. Also Ireland still lose to teams like Afghanistan and Scotland so that proves they are at the level of Zimbabwe. Also! some of you are still criticising Bangladesh. Nay you need reminding! Bangladesh already this year have beaten England at the world cup and won ODI series CONVINCINGLY against Pakistan, India and the mighty South Africa.

  • Ross on August 29, 2015, 8:23 GMT

    @insulttoinjry iI am with you too, the names i have mentioned deserve a chance and what better time to do in these ODIs. Players must be allowed to play and learn from their win and losses now. I am also a fan of Starc. Starcs overall economy rate is 4.73 in ODIs which is almost identical to Johnsons and very good when you consider he is often bowling at the tail end of the innings.He's certainly not your old classical line and length bowler he really mixes it up which at 145-150km makes it hard for batsmen to predetermine shot selection. Khawaja deseves his shot and i hope to see him fire in the Bangladeh and home summer series as he is a great talent.

  • Simon on August 29, 2015, 3:30 GMT

    Flemo_Gilly on August 28, 2015, 14:52 GMT...I'm with you, like the look of experimenting with some of the names you mentioned. We're 3 and a half years away from the next meaningful ODI tournament and some of these guys deserve a look at different opponents in different conditions and a chance to press their claims. A new look team under a new dynamic Captain will continue to show Australia is prepared to innovate to set the trend. Who cares if we lose a few meaningless ODI's along the way. Sure some journo's will try and pump their bylines by criticising fresh faces, but the only way to know who's got it for the next W Cup is allow players to play and learn from their wins and losses now.

  • Simon on August 29, 2015, 3:11 GMT

    annoyedofit on August 28, 2015, 6:31 GMT....I never went away. You must have missed my post after the World Cup Final when I commended Maxwell for throwing the stumps down. If that's what you mean by him going well, then I've never disputed he's a very good fielder, but Australia need bowlers who concede less than 9 an over, average under 30 with the ball and batters averaging over 45 with the bat. To have so much hype and average 19 in T20, which is supposed to be his arena is laughable. The real problem though is he can not assess what the game needs and make a run a ball 12 to finish a win, he wants to get those 12 in the 1st two he faces and invariably gets out. That thinking translates to him not contributing when the Aussies need a partnership after a collapse. He might be a great bloke and fun team mate, but he isn't an international cricketer.

  • Simon on August 29, 2015, 2:54 GMT

    RICKYVONCANTERBURY are you for real? There's one country in world cricket who've won 5 World Cups and they won them on FIVE different continents. To say Australia can't play away from home is ludicrous.

  • Carl on August 29, 2015, 2:13 GMT

    In what universe did Afgh do better than IRl in the cricket WC? More games for Ireland will improve them. This summer two (one really)ODI's that will not improve their technique. So great that there are games against other test nations in the Irish winter and home games next summer followed by more away games plus IC cup games.

  • Peter on August 29, 2015, 1:05 GMT

    No matter what people say, we are stuck with this squad, like it or not. Some are unfortunate not to be there, others very fortunate but the focus should be entirely on the players for the next World Cup. Nobody really cares or worries too much about these ODI's once the next days papers are tossed out, even the WC doesn't really bring back strong memories & this from an Aussie supporter. Let's call it for what they are, cash cows for the national bodies, little more. Still cannot comprehend people wishing S.Marsh back though, that one really does defy logic as he won't be around next WC & is well behind plenty of other more deserving players. One classic example of style & substance amounting to nothing. Give me someone who doesn't look as good but contributes any day.

  • ZombieHunter on August 29, 2015, 0:59 GMT

    Good to see Ireland getting matches against quality teams, although couldn't see but quite sure they put up a good show. They deserve much more matches than the pompous, self righteous BD and its time Aus can use some fresh legs, would love to see Lynn, Agar and Khwaja in the outfit.

  • Gareth on August 28, 2015, 22:55 GMT

    @BeautifulBD... I don't mean to be finniky, but if you are going to list your favourite players, at least do the boys the honour of spelling their names correctly.. Cricinfo has an awesome database against which to check got a couple right tho.

  • annoyed on August 28, 2015, 21:25 GMT

    I just don't understand how he's jumped to the front of the queue for the test side

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