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Old 21st January 2018, 09:30   #101
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Rapidly approaching their debut Test, 11th May 2018 Ireland vs Pakistan.

Not sure their approach to warming up is working, flexing their muscles in wins over Ireland and UAE isn't going to prepare them, the series win over the Afghans will have a little, but I gather they are going to play SOMERSET as a warm up game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42667161

I'd probably have wanted to play some kind of representative XI to include Test hopefuls, maybe 2-3 internationals and some younger prospects which would benefit the other side's players and those that would arrange it ie ECB.

And apparently they'll play two T20Is against India, but not until after, I'd have thought they'd have grabbed the opportunity to play the better sides as much as possible in as long a format as possible to prepare themselves.

Wonder how long this Test will last, 2-3 days.....? (set to be 11th-15th May so has to be a five dayer scheduled, think they scrapped 'rest days' maybe 20 years ago?)
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Old 21st January 2018, 09:36   #102
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Joyce and Murtagh apart, Ireland's players ages are on a par with England.

Peter Chase 23
Andrew McBrine 23
George Dockerell 24
Barry McCarthy 24
Stuart Thompson 25
Craig Young 26
Paul Stirling 26
Andrew Balbirnie 26
Stuart Poynter 26
Greg Thompson 29
Sino Singh 30
Gary Wilson 31
William Porterfield 32 (same age as Alistair Cook)
Kevin O'Brien 33

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Sustained known quality? The better players in that lot are....? And to use your whimsical approach I'm going to say Pike wasn't old and neither comparatively speaking was Walker.

Besides anything else, even if ages are "on a par with...." they'll need to be "on a par" with more than just age to make much of an impression in the Test arena in current format.

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How old are Gareth Batty and James Anderson?
Batty's hardly a great argument, should never have played for England or ever do so again, and since so many think the sun shines out of the rear end of Anderson is that a great argument.

If any of their better players pass 200 wickets I'd be surprised let alone compare with Anderson's tally
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Old 21st January 2018, 13:32   #103
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Rapidly approaching their debut Test, 11th May 2018 Ireland vs Pakistan.

Not sure their approach to warming up is working, flexing their muscles in wins over Ireland and UAE isn't going to prepare them, the series win over the Afghans will have a little, but I gather they are going to play SOMERSET as a warm up game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42667161

I'd probably have wanted to play some kind of representative XI to include Test hopefuls, maybe 2-3 internationals and some younger prospects which would benefit the other side's players and those that would arrange it ie ECB.

And apparently they'll play two T20Is against India, but not until after, I'd have thought they'd have grabbed the opportunity to play the better sides as much as possible in as long a format as possible to prepare themselves.

Wonder how long this Test will last, 2-3 days.....? (set to be 11th-15th May so has to be a five dayer scheduled, think they scrapped 'rest days' maybe 20 years ago?)
Its a pretty busy time in the international game at the moment so maybe Ireland couldnt find anyone to play? Most countries seem to be playing tests or ODI's at the moment. And Ireland have the World Cup qualifier coming up next month as well.

Anyhow, i think they will lose the test and probably quite badly but they've got to start somewhere and the U-19's victory over Afghanistan (The current U-19 Asia Cup champs) shows Ireland have some good young players.
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Old 21st January 2018, 15:16   #104
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Sustained known quality? The better players in that lot are....? And to use your whimsical approach I'm going to say Pike wasn't old and neither comparatively speaking was Walker.

Besides anything else, even if ages are "on a par with...." they'll need to be "on a par" with more than just age to make much of an impression in the Test arena in current format.



Batty's hardly a great argument, should never have played for England or ever do so again, and since so many think the sun shines out of the rear end of Anderson is that a great argument.

If any of their better players pass 200 wickets I'd be surprised let alone compare with Anderson's tally
You have completely missed the point of that discussion or just not read it. It was about the players ages not their ability. In terms of players AGE, they were on a par. Read it again.
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