Paul Stirling has played cricket on 87 days so far in 2019 – and has more to come in overseas T10 and T20 leagues. While the rest of his Ireland teammates can put their feet up after a gruelling year – and ahead of an even more testing one to come, Stirling will bat on, perhaps even passing the century mark.
In a survey on a cricket website, Australian Marnus Labuschagne was shown to have played 129 days in professional cricket, including 117 days in first-class games in the 12 months from the end of September 2018.
Joe Root played the most days international cricket – 81 days in 43 matches. Kevin O'Brien was the only player to turn out every one of Ireland's 39 matches, which occupied 46 days.
The table below shows how many games players who turned out at least once for Ireland in 2019 played at all levels. The CricketEurope statzones, CL website, Cricket Archive and the MyCricket App were the sources of information.
Be careful using the numbers to draw conclusions – injury, illness and exams meant several players did not get a chance to play as often as they liked.
One notable column is the (non-Test) four-day matches – Ireland Wolves played two in Sri Lanka last January, but otherwise it is county championship games in England which saw just Tim Murtagh (10), Paul Stirling (3) and Stuart Poynter (1) play this format. Poynter also played ten three-day games in the 2nd XI championship.
Although both Ireland's tests finished a day early, they are counted as a full five days (in Dehradun) and four days (at Lord's).
Stirling played 71 matches, over every category except club cricket. Mark Adair is the only one to appear in each column.
Stirling and O'Brien, along with William Porterfield and Andrew Balbirnie were ever-present in ODIs. Only Stirling and O'Brien played all the T20 internationals. Just two Tests were played, with Stirring, Balbirnie, Porterfield, O'Brien, Murtagh, James McCollum, Stuart Thompson and Andrew McBrine playing in both.
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