Barry McCarthy eager to make debut against Sri Lanka

Ireland will be playing Sri Lanka in a two-match ODI series in Dublin.
Ireland will be playing Sri Lanka in a two-match ODI series in Dublin.
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Uncapped Ireland pacer Barry McCarthy is hoping to make his debut in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Dublin on 16th June.

Chairman of Ireland selectors Alan Lewis earlier termed that McCarthy richly deserved his call-up to the ODI squad.

The 23-year-old is delighted that he has been recognised by the board and the selectors and said that he is really looking forward to receiving his Ireland cap in front of his parents, who will be attending the game.

“It’s brilliant. The place is looking really well,” said McCarthy.

“I am really looking forward to the occasion.

“Hopefully, I can get a go, if not I am really just delighted to be within the 13 and be recognised within Cricket Ireland.

“My parents are going to be here tomorrow.

“Hopefully, I can get that cap and it will be all well rewarded for myself.

“They will feel proud and they’ve made a lot of sacrifices in the past as well.

“So, I’d like to get my cap to please them as much as I like to please myself.”

Acknowledging that staying fit had a huge role to play in his selection into the Ireland squad, McCarthy also highlighted the importance of having self-belief.

“Staying fit has been the real key.

“Over the last two seasons, I haven’t missed any cricket. Touchwood, that can keep going.

“The consistency of playing so much cricket and when a couple of players falling down (due to injuries), you get a chance and take the opportunity.

“I always felt I was capable of playing at the top level and getting a go.

“It’s not easy, but once you back yourself and stick to the basics, it kind of happens.

“I’ve been rewarded and hopefully, I can get a shot tomorrow.”

Sri Lanka will be keen to erase the memories of the 2-0 Test series defeat against England and start afresh in the two-match ODI series against Ireland.

Despite their defeat, Sri Lanka gradually improved their performances in the Test series against England which ended in a draw at Lord’s.

Aware that Sri Lanka will be a tough opposition to play against, McCarthy said that Ireland will be backing themselves to win the contest.

“Sri Lankans have shown that they are really going to fight, it showed in the Test series, especially the last two Tests against England.

“They are not going to be by any means an easy game, as no games are in international cricket anymore.

“We are going to back ourselves to do one over them.”

Sri Lanka and Ireland have so far played two ODIs between 2007 and 2014 with the 1996 Cricket World Cup champions emerging victorious on both the occasions.

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