Cricket: The Ireland heroes
Published 03/03/2011 | 05:00
William Porterfield (26)
Captain since 2008. Played club cricket for Rush before joining Gloucestershire then Warwickshire. Man-of-match when Ireland beat Bangladesh in 2007.
Alex Cusack (30)
One of the two Australians in the side. Formerly a carpenter, but now contracted by Cricket Ireland. Quiet achiever at Clontarf. Quicker than he looks.
George Dockrell (18)
Exciting young prospect from the Leinster club. Excellent for his age and unfazed by seemingly anything. Has been known to read Franz Kafka -- and Aussie legend Steve Waugh.
Trent Johnston (36)
Medium pace bowler
The Railway Union stalwart played a few games for his home state in Australia before emigrating. Former Ireland captain and machinery salesman. Gets angry when catches are dropped.
Ed Joyce (32)
Stylish operator for Sussex. Helped Ireland reach 2007 World Cup then played in it for England. Back in the fold after giving up on dream to play Tests. Better than Paul Collingwood.
John Mooney (28)
Electrician and Liverpool supporter. Now contracted to Cricket Ireland. Like his brother Paul before him, an all-rounder with North County. Before yesterday he was best known for his fielding.
Kevin O'Brien (27 tomorrow)
Among other records, he is now the highest run scorer for Ireland in ODIs. Trialled with Nottinghamshire who may now wish they had offered him a job. Purple hair is not natural.
Niall O'Brien (29)
One of the first Ireland players on the county circuit. First with Kent, then Northants. Before yesterday he was the most famous player in his family. Quiet behind stumps.
Boyd Rankin (26)
Middlesex, Derbyshire and Warwickshire are on the 'nine-footer's' cv. Son of a farmer. Injury problems have probably stopped him being poached by England.
Paul Stirling (20)
Explosive right-hander signed by Middlesex. Scored an Ireland ODI record 177 against Canada last year. Father Brian is a rugby union referee. Huge talent. Enjoys his food.
Gary Wilson (25)
Deputy wicketkeeper, right-hand bat and all-round good lad. Made his maiden centuries for Surrey and Ireland at the end of last summer. Recently engaged. Facebook devotee.