Andy Balbirnie

Andy Balbirnie

Andy Balbirnie

INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2021

Full Name

Andrew Balbirnie


December 28, 1990, Dublin, Ireland


30y 134d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position

Occasional wicketkeeper

Playing Role



St Andrew's College, Dublin


Andrew Balbirnie was another Irish player to follow the path to Middlesex when he signed in 2014 after completing a degree at Cardiff University and coming through the Middlesex academy. However, his stay in county cricket came to an end in 2016 when he was released by mutual consent following a struggle with a hip problem which required surgery and limited his opportunities.

But after recovering from that injury, his international career began to flourish. He made his first first-class hundred in the Intercontinental Cup against Netherlands in 2017, before hitting his maiden ODI hundreds in the winter of 2017-18 - against UAE then Scotland. Those innings helped him cement the No. 3 spot in all formats, and despite a pair in Ireland's first-ever Test against Pakistan in 2018, he continued to grow in confidence.

His power game improved immeasurably, as did his ability against spin in the middle overs with his hard sweeps becoming a signature shot. He hit three more ODI tons in 2019 - against Afghanistan in India, and at home to West Indies and Zimbabwe - and seemed like a natural choice when handed the captaincy that winter. After leading them to a draw in the T20I series in the Caribbean at the start of the year, his finest hour in his first year as skipper came in England in 2020: he led them to a famous win at the Ageas Bowl, putting on 214 for the second wicket with Paul Stirling.

Balbirnie captained Ireland in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, having been a member of the squad in the 2008 tournament. He had his first taste of international cricket in 2010, but it was not until 2014 that he started to flourish when he pressed his claims by top-scoring on their World Cup acclimatisation tour of Australia and New Zealand in the autumn of 2014 and he confirmed the impression by hitting 129, off just 96 balls, against a strong New Zealand A side in Dubai. .

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A1049863366160*36.58418980.35101533946320
List A10469611221/261/2656.007.0048.00000
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Recent Matches - Player

Glamorgan vs Northants3 & 00/1722-Apr-2021NorthamptonFC
Glamorgan vs Sussex4 & 29--15-Apr-2021CardiffFC
Glamorgan vs Yorkshire16 & 5--08-Apr-2021LeedsFC
Glamorgan vs Cardiff UCCE1 & 31--29-Mar-2021CardiffOTHER
Ireland vs Afghanistan5--26-Jan-2021Abu DhabiODI # 4275


Andy Balbirnie takes a sharp catch to dismiss Hashmatullah Shahidi
Andy Balbirnie ponders his options
Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie and Gareth Delany were three of the nine overseas players in this season's T20 Blast
Andy Balbirnie finished unbeaten on 99
Andy Balbirnie kisses the badge on his helmet after reaching a ton
Andy Balbirnie notched up his sixth century in ODIs