Sunday 15 September 2019

Coach Ford extends Ireland deal to 2022

Graham Ford has signed a contract extension that will see the veteran South African remain head coach of Ireland until April 2022, after the next 50-overs World Cup qualifying tournament. Stock photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Graham Ford has signed a contract extension that will see the veteran South African remain head coach of Ireland until April 2022, after the next 50-overs World Cup qualifying tournament. Stock photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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Graham Ford has signed a contract extension that will see the veteran South African remain head coach of Ireland until April 2022, after the next 50-overs World Cup qualifying tournament.

Ford was appointed in late 2017 and although Ireland failed to reach this year's World Cup finals on his watch, the 58-year-old has been a steady pair of hands through a tricky transition period and has introduced exciting youngsters like Mark Adair and James McCollum.

Meanwhile, Ireland's preparations for next month's Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates continues tomorrow with a T20 clash against the Netherlands in Malahide, the first match in a tri-series at the venue which also includes Scotland, with each team playing four games.

Meanwhile, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran combined to hand England a vital first-innings lead in the final Ashes Test, raising hopes of a series-levelling win at The Oval.

Archer took six for 62 and Curran marked his first appearance of the series with three wickets, but the prize scalp of Steve Smith evaded both men - Chris Woakes trapping him lbw for 80 deep into the second evening.

Remarkably that was his lowest score of a prolific series and Australia duly subsided 69 behind on 225 all out.

Smith had taken his series tally to 751 in six knocks, and his sequence of 50-plus scores against England to 10 in a row, but this time he was unable to fully make up for the mediocrity of his colleagues.

Later, Rory Burns and Joe Denly survived a tricky 20 minutes before stumps on nine without loss.

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