Ireland

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Ed Joyce

Ireland exceeded all expectations on their World Cup debut four years ago and will once again be out to spring a surprise or two. Will Porterfield’s side have been able to test themselves against top-level opposition on a more regular basis in recent years after gaining full one-day international status. A lack of experience in sub-continental conditions could prove problematic and there remain doubts over the team’s ability to post consistent scores. However, Ireland have proven they cannot be underestimated and a squad containing seven English county players will relish the chance take on the big guns.

Squad: Will Porterfield, Andre Botha, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wicketkeeper), Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson (wicketkeeper).

Captain: Will Porterfield
Coach: Phil Simmons

Key Man: Ed Joyce
Joyce’s last one-day international appearance came at the 2007 World Cup, when he was part of an England team that struggled in the Caribbean. The Sussex left-hander has since switched his allegiance back to the country of his birth and will provide valuable experience, together with no shortage of ability. A List A average of almost 37 proves he can be relied upon to contribute regular runs.

World Cup Record
1975: Did not participate
1979: Did not participate
1983: Did not participate
1987: Did not participate
1992: Did not participate
1996: Did not participate
1999: Did not participate
2003: Did not participate
2007: Super Eights

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