Sunday 19 November 2017

Cricket: Oz legend feels Irish pain

Ricky Ponting is backing calls to stem the talent drain of the best Irish players to England ahead of this morning's RSA Challenge one-day international at Castle Avenue.

Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan are high-profile stars who have donned the English jersey and Boyd Rankin seems destined to follow in their footsteps. "I'm very sympathetic to countries like Ireland that could keep losing their best players. It's something that I feel shouldn't happen," said Ponting.

Ireland's Trent Johnston is hoping that today's sell-out clash will renew credibility in Ireland's claim to become full members of the ICC.

All-rounder Andre Botha will miss out today with a suspected stress fracture of his back.

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