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Full name Angus Richard Dunlop
Born March 17, 1967, Dublin
Current age 47 years 252 days
Major teams Ireland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|List A span||1990-2000|
Angus is, or certainly has been up to 1996, somewhat of an enigma in Irish Cricket terms. A murderer of attacks in domestic cricket, and one who in Club Cricket in Leinster has exceeded 1,000 runs in a season on 3 occasions in the past 5 years - a record no-one else has surpassed, he has never, up to this year, done his talent justice at the International level.
He was initially capped against M.C.C. when he came in as a replacement for an injured player. He scored a half century in his first match and in his third match against Wales at Kimmage, the first match in which he bowled, he took 5 wickets in an innings. With one other half century in this his debut season he looked set fair for a long career in the Irish team.
However, for some reason he never repeated this form and his career was very much of the in and out variety. He continued to force Selectors to pick him by virtue of his weight of runs at club level, but when he got into the international side, he seemed to freeze and be promptly left out again. Eventually in 1996 his performances equated to his talent. He scored 672 in the season, a record for any Irish Player in a single season and more than 126 runs ahead of the previous record. He scored his first century in scoring 148 against M.C.C. at Malahide - this following 2 scores of over 90 in the previous match againt Wales. Indeed against M.C.C he nearly completed an unwanted Hat Trick at he was dropped in the mid 90's.
What Ireland wants is to see Angus carry on this form into the I.C.C. Trophy in Malaysia. He was one of our more successful players in Kenya averaging just over 30 with an aggregate of 123. Hopefully this will be the competition for him to flower in.
He is also a very successful hockey player, thought his cricket committments have perhaps prevented him from progressing as far in that sport as he might have.
Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough