Barry McCarthy: " Being over here certainly does help my case for getting into the Irish side"
Tomorrow Irish international Barry McCarthy returns to Malahide, the ground he made his debut for Ireland in 2016. Three years down the line, McCarthy has 50 one-day international wickets to his name and is looking ahead to not just the immediate task at hand, but building a long career in the green.
The 26-year old Dubliner spent the past six seasons playing for Durham Cricket Club in England, but returned home to play his domestic and first-class cricket back in Ireland this year.
Speaking from the team hotel, he said:
“We were obviously very disappointed to be rained out there yesterday - we were all very eager to play some cricket. When we have the opportunity to play some of the best teams in the world we are keen to get out there and show what we can do.”
“Obviously we had a difficult day out last Sunday against the West Indies as a bowling unit. Personally, I don't think we bowled too badly - there have been times we've bowled a lot worse than that and conceded a lot less. Maybe it could have been a bit different if we'd had that run out on the first ball of the game, but they are the fine margins at this level.”
“While we could have bowled a bit better last week, if we stick to what we’ve been doing in training over the last couple of weeks, back ourselves, and with use of a different surface tomorrow, we're confident we can keep them to a competitive total, should they bat first again.”
Asked about reaching his 50-wicket milestone:
“It was obviously nice to get the 50 ODI wickets - I kind of knew I was getting to that stage because it's a small world on Twitter and people let you know how close you're getting to certain milestones. I’m delighted to be there and hopefully there is plenty more let in the tank as I feel I have a lot more to give and hopefully this is just the start of long career.”
Asked about his work behind the scenes with National Bowling Lead Coach, Rob Cassell:
“Rob is a great lad and certainly a very good bowling coach. I've always had a good relationship with him even when I was at Durham. We were in regular communication, and he was always in touch with Durham coaching staff about how I was getting on. It's easier now to communicate with him in person, and he is obviously seeing a lot more of me than just hearing how I’m doing or reading scorecards. But being over here certainly does help my case for getting into the Irish side and I think the whole bowling unit would agree that we've come a long way since Rob's introduction and hopefully he can have a long-term future here and we can excel as a bowling unit.”
Ireland is back in action against West Indies tomorrow (Saturday) from 10.45am at Malahide Cricket Club. Tickets are available at the gate.
A livestream will be available, with details posted on Cricket Ireland social m