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Date: 1/4/2020
Author: Liamo
James Fitzgerald's best ???
A team without Morgan and Stirling?
Are you serious? Or just too.long away from the action in recent years
Date: 31/3/2020
Author: Des Coyle
These are trying times for everyone

To all my comrades in cricket, take hope:

“Look East, and the Fox will rise”

It won’t be long until the unseen heroes rise!!

Date: 31/3/2020
Author: Gary M
Re: Tony Moran and agreeing with others

You just have to look at the numbers to show the change in his bowling and why he doesn't light up the stage like he used to.

(Using ODIs, T20s and Tests only)

2010(Debut)-2013: 64 wickets from 47 inns at 20.50
2013-Present: 103 wickets from 112 inns at 36.50

There's a reason he lost his Somerset contract.
Date: 31/3/2020
Author: John Glynn
RE: Tony Moran
I think the reason for Dockrells non inclusion is partly due to the fact that he burst onto the international scene (and English County scene) as an attacking wicket taking bowler but in my opinion a big growth spurt has really impacted him, he lost the natural loop which he had and he has had to change his style of bowling into a quicker flatter style which doesnt get as much turn and easier to play for top class batsman. Over the last number of years his performances have been steady rather than spectacular and imo is now an all rounder as his bating has improved to counteract the wicket taking threat of his bowling dropping off.
Date: 31/3/2020
Author: Albert Ward
R.E Richard Davies

It is clear who the players selected are.
Date: 30/3/2020
Author: Albert Ward
Dockrell would be very close but his career just didn't kick on as everyone thought it would. Still a quality player who would be in my XI in all 3 formats more often than not.
Date: 30/3/2020
Author: Richard Davies
Re David Cooke & the 2 Rankins.
Well according to the excellent stats on this site David Rankin played 2 T20s for Ireland in 2015 and 2016. He top scored in his debut match v Scotland.

And the second one: Boyd Rankin (who you may have missed) has only played 153 times for Ireland so far!
Date: 29/3/2020
Author: Tony Moran
Sadly be in no doubt that this lockdown is going to continue and continue until Christmas and beyond and will encroach into next season as well, there is no end in sight, absolutely horrible situation!

Not sure why George Dockrell never makes any ones Dream team, 9 for 71 in list A, no other spinner/fast bowler is anywhere near this, and a stellar career with one of the biggest and strongest County teams,
One of the other slow bowlers that is always picked is described in Cricinfo as 'an average right arm off spinner'
I do happen to like this former player but look at Georges comments from the same source ' A left arm bowler of rare ability'
Date: 29/3/2020
Author: David Cooke
The two Rankins?
Date: 27/3/2020
Author: Richard Davies
Re Albert Ward's team
Could you confirm further details?
Perhaps explain your choices and ...
Which of the three Joyces (Or indeed the 5 off if women are included)
Which of the four Morgans
Which of the two Bothas?
Which of the five 5 Johnstons - unless it should have been one of the two Johnsons
Which of the two Rankins?
Date: 27/3/2020
Author: Albert Ward
Ireland ODI Dream XI

1 Stirling
2 Porterfield
3 Joyce
4 Morgan
5 N O'Brien
6 Botha
7 K O'Brien
8 Johnston (c)
9 McCallan
10 Murtagh
11 Rankin

12th man Cusack/Bray
Date: 27/3/2020
Author: Tom G
A positive spin on the current situation.

Perhaps when all of this is over our geographical proximity to England might prove a huge advantage. Yes series will be cancelled, but Ireland vs England might be easier to arrange / extend than series that involve long distance international travel.

Additionally it seems that the T20 Blast, County Championship and 100 might be missing a lot of their overseas stars if they do eventually get under way. Perhaps super agent Niall O'Brien can work his magic and get gigs for some of our young players across the Irish Sea.
Date: 27/3/2020
Author: BH
My Dream Irish Squad

Paul Stirling
William Porterfield
Ed Joyce
Eoin Morgan
Kevin O'Brien
Niall O'Brien
John Mooney
Trent Johnston
Tim Murtagh
Boyd Rankin
Kyle McCallen
Alf Masood

Date: 26/3/2020
Author: Tony Moran
Interesting view from Ian
I would argue that some of our Golden generation of players would not get a regular spot in the current national teams

I would also argue some of the players who cannot get anywhere near international selection at present or are on the fringes of the squads would have walked into the national team of 15 years ago

Whatever your views its a good talking point!

Date: 26/3/2020
Author: Ian Muldoon
I know that it is very difficult to compare players from different eras in all sports, but we must try. Otherwise a thousand good pub conversations die stillborn.
Nonetheless the hugely improved athleticism, fitness and scientific coaching methods, make me think that many candidates for this squad are current players, some of whom have only recently started their careers. So, looking back in a few years’ time, I think the squad might include some of David and Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Harry Tector (plus possibly one or more other Tectors!), Steven Doheny and Mark Adair among others.
I am surprise that nobody has yet picked Tim Murtagh, definitely in my squad.