Saturday 16 December 2017

James Downey: Get out on the crease, lads, and give it a right good lash

ENGLAND had the match all but wrapped up when they racked up 328 runs. Then Ireland lost five wickets for a score of 111. No way out -- until Kevin O'Brien hit a century off 50 balls.

Bangalore 2011 has been compared with Stuttgart 1988, when Ireland beat England at a different game. Some think the upsurge of national spirit that followed Stuttgart contributed to the birth of the Celtic Tiger.

Sadly, things are more than a little different in 2011.

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