Monday 29 August 2011 

O'Brien To Lead Ireland Against Namibia

O'Brien To Lead Ireland Against Namibia
O'Brien To Lead Ireland Against Namibia
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All-rounder Kevin O'Brien will captain Ireland when they take on Namibia in their four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match beginning on 4th September.

The match was originally scheduled to be played in July but was postponed due to the Namibian squad encountering visa problems.

With William Porterfield and Trent Johnston unavailable for the fixture, O'Brien will lead the side - three times winners of the competition - in Clontarf.

"I'm really excited to be captaining the side against Namibia, althought it's not the first time I've had the honour," O'Brien said.

"I took charge against West Indies A in Belfast last year, and also when we played Kenya in Dubai just before the start of the World Cup, but this will be slightly different."
 
"This will be a great experience for me, and the four-day game gives skippers a chance to try different ideas and put their own stamp on the team. We have a few new faces in the squad for the game, with Stuart Poynter and Graeme McCarter both uncapped at senior level.. This is an excellent chance for them, and the rest of the squad to make a mark ahead of the winter schedule.
 
"I've played with some great Irish captains in William Porterfield, Trent Johnston, and Kyle McCallan. Hopefully some of their style has rubbed off on me, and we'll get our campaign off to a winning start. We've won the cup three times in recent years, and are keen to take the title back from Afghanistan."

Ireland squad: Kevin O'Brien (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Phil Eaglestone, Nigel Jones, John Mooney, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson

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