Full Name: Niall John O'Brien
Born: November 8, 1981, Dublin
Other teams: Ireland, Kent
ODI debut: Scotland v Ireland, Ayr, Aug 5 2006
T20 debut: Ireland v Scotland, Belfast, Aug 2 2008
Batting Style: Left-hand bat
One of the few Irishmen playing county cricket, O’Brien was part of his national team that beat Surrey and West Indies during 2004. A wicketkeeper with attitude, he famously clashed with Windies skipper Brian Lara and he greeted Shane Warne with an attempted reverse sweep the first time the two came into conflict. But in 2008 O’Brien established himself as a genuine wicketkeeper-batsman, opening the innings for his second county, Northamptonshire. O’Brien began at Kent, and with Geraint Jones being England's first-choice keeper in 2004/05, O'Brien was given an extended period in the...