Thursday 17 July 2014 

Ireland Confirm 2015 ODI Venues

Malahide hosts England v Ireland
Malahide hosted the 2013 ODI between Ireland and England which broke attendance records
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Cricket Ireland have confirmed that Dublin's Malahide and Belfast's Stormont grounds will host the England and Australia One-Day Internationals next summer.

Malahide will host England for the ODI on 8th May while Australia will travel to Stormont play on the 27th August.

Malahide hosted England last year, setting an attendance record of 10,000 while Stormont has previously hosted Australia, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan and the West Indies.

"It’s a fantastic boost for Irish cricket to have these two high profile clashes," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said.

"We’re always looking to test ourselves against top quality opposition, and they don’t come much bigger than England and Australia.

"Next year is shaping up to be the most exciting in Irish cricketing history.

"We’ve got the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, these high profile ODI’s and we’re also co-hosting the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers along with Scotland. That’s a fantastic line-up of cricketing action, and I’m sure there will be a lot of support for these games," he added.

Ireland captain William Porterfield is already looking forward to taking on Australia and England next year.

"There’s a real buzz around the squad with everyone really looking forward to next year. The fact that we’ve these ODI’s too has given everyone a real boost.

"Malahide obviously holds special memories for me with my hundred there against England last year. It was one of the highlights of my career, and it was made extra special by the fact it was in front of a sell-out crowd.

"I’m sure that there will be huge crowds at both games, and given the fact that it’s an Ashes year next summer, I’d expect a large number of travelling supporters too, giving the games an incredible atmosphere in both Dublin and Belfast."

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