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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. Generall...

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