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Niall O'Brien

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Full Name: Niall John O'Brien
Born: November 8 1981 , Dublin
Country: Ireland
County: Leicestershire
Other teams: Kent, Northamptonshire
ODI debut: Scotland v Ireland, Ayr, Aug 5 2006
T20 debut: Ireland v Scotland, Belfast, Aug 2 2008
Batting Style: Left-hand bat


O’Brien is a fixture on the county circuit and for Ireland, whom he has represented at the World Cup and World Twenty20. A wicketkeeper with attitude, he famously clashed with Brian Lara and he greeted Shane Warne with an attempted reverse-sweep the first time the two came into conflict. O’Brien began at Kent and, with Geraint Jones being England's first-choice keeper, in 2004-05 he was given an extended period in the first team. In 2007 O’Brien joined Northants where he and Riki Wessels competed for the wicketkeeper’s spot. Generally reliable gloveman, O’Brien was asked t...

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