Can Ireland spring more surprises?

The exploits of the Ireland team at global ICC tournaments have become a colourful side narrative in recent years, from the thrilling humiliations of Pakistan and England at successive World Cups to their ousting of Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 group stage in 2009.

Ireland have put in place a roadmap to playing Test cricket and despite the talent drain across the Irish Sea – Boyd Rankin will retire after the tournament in the bid to pursue a career with England – they have built solid foundations in the limited-overs formats. Briefly ranked above Australia in T20Is earlier…

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