IRELAND internationals Craig Young, Andy McBrine and Stuart Thompson joined over 60 schoolchildren from Donegal Road Primary School and St John the Baptist Primary School for a giant game of cricket on the front lawn of the historic Belfast City Hall to officially launch Ireland’s One-Day International clash with 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup winners Australia, which takes place on Thursday August 27th at Stormont.
Australia, currently the number one ranked side in the one-day format of the game, have played some memorable encounters in Ireland over the years, and fast bowler Young is looking forward to Ireland mixing it with the world’s best once again on home soil, “As a player these are the fixtures you thrive on. Australia have visited on a few occasions now, but this will be my first time playing against them. “The boys ran them really close when they were here in 2010, and I know from talking to the guys who played in that match I know how much it hurt for them to miss out on that occasion. Hopefully with a big crowd behind us at Stormont we’ll be able to pull off a memorable win.”
Ireland head coach John Bracewell is looking forward to pitting his wits against a familiar foe in August. The former New Zealand Test cricketer made his international debut against Australia back in 1980 and has come up against them on many occasions as both player and coach: “You always know you’re in for a serious battle when you come up against the Aussies; their drive to win over the years has been unparalleled. As a player and coach a win over the Aussies was held in the highest regard
“In the likes of David Warner and Mitchell Johnson they have some of the form players of international cricket at the moment, but I know our guys won’t be letting that phase them and will be going out there to get the win.
Bracewell has been impressed with the passion of Ireland’s fans since taking up his position in May of this year: “I got a good glimpse of the Irish fans during the World Cup earlier this year when the travelled in numbers and out-cheered and out-sang all of the other teams’ supporters. Despite the poor conditions at Malahide against England, the fans still turned out in their thousands and were in full voice getting behind the boys.
“I’ve heard a lot about the passionate fans in Belfast and their appetite for international cricket. Hopefully the thousands will turn out again as I know it really drives the boys on when there’s a big vocal crowd behind them.”
The event at Belfast City Hall took place in conjunction with Belfast City Council, and Lord Mayor Arder Carson said he was delighted to see schoolchildren from various parts of Belfast enjoying cricket activities on the front lawn of City Hall.
“It is a wonderful experience for them to meet international players and to feel they are part of the build-up to the big match – Ireland v Australia – later this summer,” he said. “This is a great spectacle for all to enjoy at City Hall and we look forward to Belfast also hosting Ireland’s One-Day International – a big coup for sports fans”.
The game is one of the must-see events of the year and is “more than just a match”. Stormont certainly offers much more than the actual match itself, with musical entertainment in the ‘cricket village’, where you can also try out cricket for yourself.
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