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Is on now on BBC2 over here. Should be interesting
England have an Irishman playing for them too.
We could see a big total.
or a bunch of players I won't have heard of
Trescothick is playing and there are three debutants. One of whom is Ed Joyce who is actually Irish and is playing against his brother Dominick, who hopes to play for England one day too.
Can the English and Irish teams freely 'interbreed'?
if a player has been resident in England and playing first class cricket for four years (I think), he qualifies for England. I think it's because countries like Ireland don't play Test Cricket so players like Ed Joyce have to play for England if they want to play Tests.
He qualifies provided he doesn't play for another test-playing country during the four-year period. He does not necessarily have to play county cricket during the four years and needs to live in the UK for at least six months of each of the four years. Four years is five years if the player doesn't have an EC passport.
Stuart Law of Lancashire, and formerly Australia, can play for England. Nick Mason of Worcestershire, an Australian, is qualified for both Ireland and England. Nik Pothas of Hampshire, a South African, is qualified for England. Other players who will qualified for England soon include Otis Gibson, West Indies and Durham, Craig Spearman, New Zealand and Gloucestershire, Andy and Grant Flower, Zimbabwe and Essex, Sean Ervine, Zimbabawe and Hampshire, Chad Keegan, South Africa and Middlesex, and many more.
(James Dalrymple was born in Kenya)
It wouldn't surprise me if Sean Ervine receives a call-up at some point.
Don't you mean Matt Mason of Worcestershire?
and Eoin Morgan, Andy Crook, Steve Crook, Dale Benkenstein, Gareth Breese, Gerald Brophy, Johann Louw, Neil Carter, and, maybe Mustaq Ahmed
A cricketer born in Northern Ireland is qualified by birth for both England and Ireland because Engalnd is really the UK team and Ireland selects from the whole of Ireland. Obviously, there are histroical reasons for this.
on channel 992 on sky
minus the injured players:
meh, it's not great. England will win, but I'm more interested to see how Ireland cope with Harmison
Charlie Haughey is dead!! i'm kind of sad, but not as sad as when Besty went.
and Flintoff, of course
with two fifties as well as his hundred (one of those being a 90-odd). I think that's international standard. I agree he shouldn't be in the side at the moment but I think he'll be back in at some point. His close fielding shouldn't be underestimated either. He has arguably the safest hands in the team.
will be good in a couple of years he just needs time to get better and improve weaknesses. Most cricketers tend to blossom the longer they play for, one for the future i think.
He was top class against Pakistan in what were difficult conditions against a good side. I agree he struggled against Warne but he showed great character against Pakistan and no little talent.
but others are better, just: Cook and Collingwood.
I just think that Pigfoot's statement that he 'hasn't looked like an international cricketer for some time' is not true when you look at the way he played in a very tough series in Pakistan.
I agree that Cook, particularly, is better but he is exceptional.
if he scores a hundred, 90-odd and 60-odd in three test matches.
and I don't think he deserves a spot at the moment. I'm just disputing his assertion that he hasn't looked international class for some time. He looked international class against Pakistan.
I don't actually think Andrew Strauss has been particularly good for a similar period.
You use journalistic phraseology.
"He does have a kind of feeling about him right now, though, that gives the impression he's expecting to get out all the time" That's an utterly meningless sentence.
Which county are you a member of?
How many county matches have you seen this season?
Bell should be in the one-day squad, but not the test side.
good catch too
and I would still class myself as a cricket fan.
If you afford SKY, you can affoird county membership - it's about Â£100 a season.
"There's no atmosphere and the standard isn't very high in this country." Well I go for the cricket, not the "atmosphere". The standard is high.
Your comment about "elitism" is lazy. A cricket fan supports a county club and goes to watch them when he or she can and can afford it. Presumably you never watch club cricket either? A cricket fan will watch any cricket match.
You can be a huge cricket fan without ever going to a county game.
Alternatively, you can go to every game your favourite county plays and still be a boring elitist twat.
A cricket fan will watch any cricket match - to call some such person an obsessive is dumb. If you love cricket, then you love cricket. That's a cricket fan. Same applies to all sport.
It is appalling that you have redefined "fan" so that keen fans are regarded as obsessive.
I watch football, rugby league and other sport on TV. I enjoy them, but wouldn't describe myself as a fan because I don't go to watch live.