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T20 World Cup 2012: Australia vs Ireland – Live Streaming

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in their ICC T20 World Cup 2012 match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Australia captain, George Bailey, said “The wicket shouldn’t change much. We’re going with an all-out pace attack, Cummins is in.

“I’m enjoying captaincy, looking forward to the tournament.”

Ireland captain, William Porterfield, said “We’ve got some dangerous players in the line up and the guys are ready. We’re the underdogs and we’re fine with it”

You can watch the live streaming of Australia vs Ireland from the below given link.

Australia vs Ireland T20 World Cup 2012 Live Streaming

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O’Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack.

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, George Bailey(c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc.

T20 World Cup 2012: Australia vs Ireland – Scorecard

Scorecard of the second match of ICC T20 World Cup 2012 between Australia and Ireland at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

T20 World Cup 2012: Australia vs Ireland – Scorecard

Ireland 123/7 (20/20 ov), Australia 125/3 (15.1/20 ov)

Result Australia won by 7 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)

Ireland (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
WTS Porterfield* c Starc b Watson 0 1 0 0 0.00
PR Stirling c Watson b Starc 7 12 1 0 58.33
EC Joyce c Warner b Maxwell 16 18 3 0 88.88
NJ O’Brien b Watson 20 24 2 0 83.33
GC Wilson† lbw b Hogg 5 5 1 0 100.00
KJ O’Brien c †Wade b Watson 35 29 5 0 120.68
AR Cusack not out 15 14 1 0 107.14
DT Johnston b Starc 7 7 1 0 100.00
NG Jones not out 14 10 0 1 140.00
Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 123 (6.15 runs per over)
Did not bat GH Dockrell, WB Rankin
Fall of wickets 1-0 (Porterfield, 0.1 ov), 2-15 (Stirling, 3.3 ov), 3-25 (Joyce, 5.5 ov), 4-33 (Wilson, 7.2 ov), 5-85 (NJ O’Brien, 14.3 ov), 6-86 (KJ O’Brien, 14.6 ov), 7-101 (Johnston, 17.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
SR Watson 4 0 26 3 6.50 (1w)
MA Starc 4 0 20 2 5.00
PJ Cummins 4 0 29 0 7.25
GJ Maxwell 2 0 12 1 6.00
DT Christian 2 0 11 0 5.50
GB Hogg 4 0 22 1 5.50

Australia (target: 124 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
DA Warner c KJ O’Brien b Dockrell 26 23 4 0 113.04
SR Watson run out (Johnston) 51 30 5 3 170.00
MEK Hussey lbw b KJ O’Brien 10 11 0 0 90.90
CL White not out 22 19 3 0 115.78
GJ Bailey* not out 6 8 1 0 75.00
Extras (lb 4, w 6) 10
Total (3 wickets; 15.1 overs) 125 (8.24 runs per over)
Did not bat GJ Maxwell, MS Wade†, DT Christian, GB Hogg, PJ Cummins, MA Starc
Fall of wickets 1-60 (Warner, 7.1 ov), 2-91 (Watson, 10.1 ov), 3-95 (Hussey, 10.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WB Rankin 4 0 28 0 7.00 (5w)
DT Johnston 2 0 21 0 10.50
AR Cusack 2 0 10 0 5.00 (1w)
GH Dockrell 3.1 0 31 1 9.78
PR Stirling 1 0 13 0 13.00
KJ O’Brien 3 0 18 1 6.00


Toss Ireland have won the toss and elected to bat

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O’Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, George Bailey(c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc

Umpires Aleem Dar and HDPK Dharmasena

TV umpire Asad Rauf

Match referee RS Madugalle

Reserve umpire SJA Taufel

Ireland name squad for Australia ODI

Ireland have named a squad of 13 for the one day international (OD) against Australia at Stormont on 23 June.

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh has been named in Ireland’s squad. Murtagh, who qualified for Ireland in February, is yet to make his international debut.

Boyd Rankin misses out as he continues his recuperation from a foot injury.

“Although Tim Murtagh hasn’t played for Ireland yet, he’s been bowling superbly for Middlesex so that will soften the blow of losing Boyd,” coach Phil Simmons said.

“Max Sorensen and Trent Johnston were fantastic in the UAE so we have plenty of options in the squad having so many all-rounders.

“I’ve been following the English based players and there have been some fantastic performances from them at various stages this season.”

Niall O’Brien has also been recalled after missing the World Twenty20 Qualifiers having chosen to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, but has not been guaranteed a starting place by the coach Phil Simmons.

“There’s no doubt he’s among the best 14 players that Ireland have, but Gary Wilson did superbly in the UAE, so Niall knows he’s going to have work hard and be at his best to regain the gloves.”

On the challenge against Australia, Simmons said “They’re a quality side and it’s going to be extremely difficult.

“They’re preparing for five ODI’s against England and players will all be looking to cement their spot in the team. With Mike Hussey withdrawing that frees up a batting slot and their guys will all be keen to fill it.

“We had a great opportunity to beat them two years ago and threw it away. We’ve learned from that and are two years more experienced now – I’d back us to win that game at this stage given the same chance.

“These games are the sort of fixtures we’ve been crying out for and hopefully there will be many more of them in the coming years.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield is looking forward to the fixture.

“It’s going to be another fantastic occasion in Belfast as we take on Australia,” he said.

“We relish the opportunity to take on the top teams and they don’t come much bigger than the number one ranked team.

“We missed a great chance to beat them in Dublin in 2010 but we’re learning all the time and have gained more experience of getting over the finishing line as we showed against England in the World Cup last year.

“Playing in front of your home fans gives all the players a great buzz, and with a capacity crowd behind us we’ll be doing our level best to capture another Full Member scalp.”

Trent Johnston included in Ireland A squad to face Scotland

Trent Johnston has been named in the Ireland A squad which takes on Scotland next week in a three day game at Uddingston (June 12-14).

Johnston is included along with Max Sorensen and Andrew Poynter, both of whom featured in the UAE as Ireland claimed the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier trophy.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said, “We want Trent to get some overs under his belt ahead of the RSA Challenge ODI against Australia later this month and the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan in July.

“He hasn’t bowled very much since the tournament in UAE because of his knee and this is the ideal opportunity for him to build up his rhythm.

“The team had an excellent win in their last game against Gloucestershire where they showed fantastic fight and character, and I’m sure the game against Scotland will be a tremendous battle, as clashes between the two countries invariably are.”

Andrew Balbirnie who scored an unbeaten 148 as Ireland A successfully chased 411 to beat Gloucestershire by five wickets – the highest run chase in Irish cricket history – misses the game because of University commitments, as does opener Ben Ackland.

None of the Ireland Under 19 side are included in the squad as they have a scheduled fixture against The MCC at Carrickfergus on June 15.

Ireland A squad: James Shannon (capt)(Instonians), John Anderson (Merrion), Andrew Britton (Limavady), Chris Dougherty (CIYMS), Phil Eaglestone (Strabane), Tom Fisher (Railway Union), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Rory McCann (Instonians), Lee Nelson (Waringstown), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Stuart Thompson (Limavady).

Coach: Phil Simmons

Manager: Gavin Craig

Physio: Kieran O’Reilly

Bangladesh to play T20 series in Ireland

Ireland have announced they will play a three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh in Belfast next month.

The games will be played at Stormont in Belfast on July 18, 20 and 21, with a warm-up fixture against an Ireland XI taking place on Monday the 16th of July.

“It’s great news that we’re taking on Bangladesh and the games will give us valuable preparation as we build towards the World Cup in Sri Lanka,” Ireland coach Phil Simmons said.

“We played an exciting brand of cricket in winning the recent qualifying tournament in Dubai and we’re now 8th in the world rankings in this format of the game.

“In Paul Stirling we have one of the most exciting players in international cricket at present and I’m sure the Belfast public will relish the opportunity to watch him on home soil.”

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said, “We are delighted to be able to bring more top quality cricket to Ireland.

“Hosting matches against the Full Member countries is exactly what we are striving for and this summer proves we are on the right track with matches against Australia, South Africa A, Afghanistan and now Bangladesh.

“I would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the ICC High Performance Programme and to ICC Europe for their financial support in helping make these matches come to fruition.

“In addition, this is the first time ever we are playing T20I matches at home against a Test nation, and we fully intend to play the games at a time and a price to suit the post-work and weekend crowd.”

The sides have met just once in this format of the game, during the group stages of the ICC World Twenty20 at Trent Bridge in 2009, a game which Ireland won by six wickets.

Ireland vs Bangladesh T20 Series Schedule

  • Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Wed July 18 at 5pm
  • Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Fri July 20 at 5pm
  • Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Sat July 21 at 4pm.

Ireland confirm final squad for World Twenty20 Qualifiers

Cricket Ireland today named a squad of 14 for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying tournament which is being held in the UAE next month.

William Porterfield (Captain)

The squad includes 12 of the players who toured the subcontinent for the World Cup. The two players who didn’t travel to the sub-continent were Rory McCann and Hills all-rounder Max Sorensen.

McCann edged out Stuart Poynter in the battle to replace Niall O’Brien, who wasn’t considered due to his participation in the Bangladesh Premier League.

There is no place for Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh, who recently became eligible for Ireland after obtaining an Irish passport.

Chairman of Selectors Ross McCollum explained the squad composition saying, “We felt that the squad that had been preparing together all through the winter deserved the opportunity to gain qualification.

“It is indeed a very experienced squad, which we feel will serve us in good stead in high pressure games.

“While we haven’t named Tim Murtagh or Albert van der Merwe in the 14, both are in our named replacements, and we’ll have no hesitation in bringing either in if any injuries occur.

“Stuart Poynter was unlucky to miss out, but we felt that given the prolific form that Rory McCann showed in domestic cricket in 2011 in the NCU, that he deserved his chance.”

Ireland have been drawn in Group B in the 16 team tournament alongside Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Uganda, Kenya, USA, and Italy. Two qualification places are on offer, with the successful teams travelling to Sri Lanka in September.

The winners will be placed in the same group as Australia and West Indies, while the small matter of England and India await the second qualifer.

Following the conclusion of their current tour in Kenya, the team will travel for a training camp in South Africa, where they will also play three Twenty20 fixtures against The Warriors.

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Replacements: Tim Murtagh, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Albert van der Merwe.

Kevin O’Brien eyes IPL chance

Kevin O’Brien is hoping to return to the scene of his finest hour by earning an IPL contract in Saturday’s franchise auction.

Kevin holds the world record for the fastest century ever scored at a World Cup, coming from 50 balls in the stunning win over England.

He now hopes to be back in India for IPL 5 and is one of 144 players from around the world looking to be picked up in the auction.

His base price of $50,000 makes him a potential bargain against the likes of Graeme Swann, VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum who all have a reserve of $400,000.

“The IPL is a great tournament, the biggest in the world in my opinion given the crowds and media coverage, and it’s so exciting to be in with a chance of being there,” Kevin O’Brien said.

“The auction is pretty close now and it would be fantastic to get picked up. The eight weeks I spent out there at the World Cup was amazing, I loved every minute.

“Obviously the hundred against England meant my profile increased and then I went to Gloucestershire and scored the fastest century in England last season too.

“Those two innings stand out and hopefully I’ll have some support at the auction.

“Kochi wanted me last year after the World Cup but I wasn’t on the original list so I couldn’t sign which was a shame. It would be fantastic to be signed this year.”

O’Brien’s brother, wicketkeeper Niall, is also involved in the auction. He hopes appearing in the IPL would further boost Cricket Ireland’s hopes of gaining Test status.

He feels Twenty20 tournaments can help Irish players raise the nation’s standing on the world stage.

“Cricket Ireland have made a big, bold statement and that represents the progress we have made as players,” Niall O’Brien said.

“The stepping stones are in place to achieve that goal and it’s all very positive

“An IPL deal would be huge for me or Niall on a personal level but also in terms of what we can achieve for Irish cricket.

“If we could be out there for 6-8 weeks it would have people watching the matches, following the results and getting interested.

“What we can bring to the IPL is to raise the profile in Ireland and that can only be a positive thing because it can only improve and make the game bigger.”

Ireland announce squads for Kenya and UAE

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien has not been picked in the Ireland squad for the tour of Kenya next month because of his involvement in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League.

The tour to Kenya will include the third round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day match, two World Cup qualifying ODIs as part of the ICC 50 over League, and three Twenty20s.

“There were difficult matters for the selectors to discuss regarding Niall O’Brien’s availability,” Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, said in a release.

“They took on board Niall’s offer to play in only the ODI’s in Kenya, join the squad for part of the South Africa camp, and then the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

“However the selectors remained consistent to their principle, regarding that all players must be available for all parts of the tour.

“Niall was not able to make himself available for the whole tour and therefore the selectors have decided not to select him for any part of the tour including the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

“We are only selecting for this tour and the next selection will be for the RSA Challenge ODI versus Australia in June; at that point they will consider all available players.

“Niall has communicated that he still wishes to play for Ireland and the selectors will take that into consideration when they next meet.”

The selectors have also announced a provisional squad for 17 players for the ICC World T20 Qualifier in UAE and a final squad of 14 will be selected from this by February 12th. This squad will also participate in a warm-up preparation camp in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Ireland squad for Kenya tour: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Ireland provisional squad for World T20 Qualifiers and South Africa camp: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Kevin O’Brien replaces Trent Johnston as Ireland vice-captain

Kevin O’Brien has been named Ireland vice-captain for the 2012 season as deputy for William Porterfield.

O’Brien takes over from fast bowler Trent Johnston who has served Ireland as either captain or vice-captain for nearly seven years.

Coach Phil Simmons  said, “Trent has been a fantastic ambassador for Irish cricket both on and off the field. It’s a difficult decision but in terms of future success, I believe now is the best time for a seamless transition.

“We have a few tours coming up to Kenya and the UAE, and it’s a perfect opportunity for William and Kevin to gel together.

“I still believe Trent has much to contribute both in terms of playing and coaching input – you simply can’t replace that quality and experience he has.

“I’d like for him to concentrate now on getting back to full fitness playing and enjoying his cricket for as long as he can. He’s been a colossus for Irish cricket and it’s no coincidence that much of our success over the past decade has come with Trent in our ranks.”

Kevin O’Brien, the all-rounder who scored the fastest hundred in world cup history in March, was delighted by his appointment as vice-captain.

“It’s a huge honour for me to have been appointed vice-captain, and it’s a part of the game I really enjoy, ” said O’Brien.

“I’ve deputised for Trent and William over the past two seasons, and I suppose I’ve done reasonably well. We beat Canada and Namibia quite convincingly in the Intercontinental Cup, and I developed a real feel for it.

“I enjoy the extra responsibility and it takes your involvement to a new dimension as you’re always thinking of the next move as a captain.

“I’ve been fortunate to play under both Trent and William’s captaincy during my six years in the squad. It’s been a golden age for Irish cricket with some memorable wins in that period. I’m close friends with William and I’m confident we’ll forge an excellent partnership.”

Outgoing vice-captain Trent Johnston wished O’Brien well saying: “I’ve had talks with Phil Simmons, and we agree that the time is right for the change. I feel it will benefit the squad as we prepare for the challenges ahead. Kevin has a good head on his shoulders and I’m certain he’ll do an excellent job for the team.

“I still feel I’ve a lot to offer both the team and Cricket Ireland in the years ahead. I’ve been part of the Irish set-up since my debut in the win against Surrey in 2004, and have captained the side 60 times, including at the 2007 World Cup.

“That’s a lot of experience, and I’ll only be too happy to share it with the squad. My recovery from the knee surgery has gone well, and I’m on track to be fit for the upcoming tours.

“I’ll now be focusing my efforts on getting my match fitness and helping Ireland qualify for the finals of both the T20 and 50 over World Cups.”

Ireland Player of the Year 2011 – The contenders

In 2011, Ireland played only 17 games in contrast to 44 in 2010 and 33 in 2009.

One of the most famous win in Ireland cricket history was a World cup victory over England in Bangalore.

Here are the six contenders for the accolade of Irish cricketer of the year in alphabetical order.

George Dockrell

In total Dockrell took 29 wickets at an average of 24.86, with a best bowling analysis of 5-71. He made 149 runs at 24.83, including 53 in the ICup win over Namibia.

John Mooney

The North County all-rounder took 30 wickets at just 22.90 – the most successful of the Irish attack. He scored 306 runs at 21.6 with a highest score of 86, which ensured victory against Namibia in the first game of the World Cup qualifiers.

Kevin O’Brien

Chasing 328 to win against England, O’Brien scored the quickest century in World Cup history (50 balls) to take Ireland to unimaginable heights.

In 2011 he scored 466 runs at 29.12, and also took 12 wickets at 29.50.

Niall O’Brien

He scored 401 runs at 40.10 in his 12 appearances including two half centuries. He scored two half centuries, both times making 57 in the wins against Netherlands and Namibia.

He took 10 catches, 1 stumping and was involved in three run outs.

William Porterfield

He scored 484 runs at 32.27, with his highest score of 75 coming against India in Bangalore. He took 8 catches and was involved in 2 run outs.

Paul Stirling

He scored no fewer than four centuries in the 17 games. He scored 686 runs at 40.35, succeeding Ricky Ponting as the youngest centurion at the World Cup with his effort against the Dutch.

He took 8 wickets at a rather costly 51.38, and took 8 catches and one run out in the field.