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Andrew Balbirnie

Andrew Balbirnie (born 28 December 1990) is an Irish cricketer. Balbirnie is a right-handed batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper. He was born in Dublin and was educated at St. Andrew's College.[1] He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland's first ever Test match, against Pakistan, in May 2018. In the match he became the first Test cap for Ireland in Test cricket. In December 2018, he was one of nineteen players to be awarded a central contract by Cricket Ireland for the 2019 season.[2][3]

In November 2019, Balbrinie was named as the captain of Ireland's Test and 50-over team, after William Porterfield stepped down.[4] Later the same month, he was also named as the captain of Ireland's Twenty20 International (T20I) team, replacing Gary Wilson.[5]

Early and domestic career

Balbirnie has represented Ireland at U-19 level, playing nine Youth One Day International's.[6] In 2009, he captained Ireland's Under-19 World Cup Qualifier winning squad. Victory in this tournament allowed Ireland Under-19's to take part in the 2010 U-19 Cricket World Cup.

On 15 August 2017, he scored his maiden first-class century, when Ireland played the Netherlands in the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup.[7]

He was the leading run-scorer in the 2018 Inter-Provincial Trophy tournament, with 262 runs in six matches.[8] He was also the leading run-scorer for Leinster Lightning in the 2018 Inter-Provincial Championship, with 302 runs in four matches.[9]

In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Dublin Chiefs in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[10][11] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[12]

International career

He was later a member of Ireland's 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division One winning team. During the tournament, he made his List A debut for Ireland, in what was also his debut One Day International which came against Scotland. He played three further One Day International's during the tournament.[13]

He made his Twenty20 International debut against Scotland on 19 June 2015, although no play was possible due to rain.[14]

He was part of the Ireland A team which toured Bangladesh in October 2017 to play one first-class match and five limited overs matches against the Bangladesh A team.[15]

In May 2018, he was named in a fourteen-man squad for Ireland's first ever Test match, which was played against Pakistan later the same month.[16][17] He made his Test debut for Ireland, against Pakistan, on 11 May 2018.[18][19] He was dismissed for a pair,[20] therefore becoming the forty-fourth batsman, and first for Ireland, to get a pair on debut in Test cricket.[21][22]

In January 2019, he was named in Ireland's squad for their one-off Test against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India.[23][24] In May 2019, in the opening match of the 2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series against the West Indies, Balbirnie played in his 100th international match for Ireland.[25]

In September 2019, he was named in Ireland's squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Player profile: Andrew Balbirnie". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "19 men's central player contracts finalised ahead of busy 2019". Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Ireland women to receive first professional contracts". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Will Porterfield steps down as Ireland captain, Andrew Balbirnie named as replacement". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Gary Wilson replaced by Andy Balbirnie as Ireland's T20I captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Youth One-Day International Matches played by Andrew Balbirnie". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Balbirnie ton puts Ireland in command". International Cricket Council. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy, 2018: Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Championship, 2018 - Leinster Lightning: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Eoin Morgan to represent Dublin franchise in inaugural Euro T20 Slam". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Euro T20 Slam Player Draft completed". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Inaugural Euro T20 Slam cancelled at two weeks' notice". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  13. ^ "One-Day International Matches played by Andrew Balbirnie". CricketArchive. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Scotland tour of Ireland, 2nd T20I: Ireland v Scotland at Bready, Jun 19, 2015". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Ireland 'A' tour of Bangladesh". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Ireland announce 14-man squad for historic first Test against Pakistan". Belfast Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Ireland omit George Dockrell for historic first men's Test against Pakistan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Only Test, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Dublin, May 11-15 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Ireland win toss, opt to bowl in historic Test against Pakistan". Geo TV. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Brave Ireland battling to keep their Test debut alive against Pakistan". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Amir's double strike disrupts Ireland's revival". CricBuzz. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Statistics, Statsguru: Test Matches, Batting Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Ireland announce squads for Afghanistan series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Stirling to captain Ireland T20 squad, new faces named for upcoming Oman and Afghanistan series". Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  25. ^ "West Indian openers break records in win over Ireland". Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Squad announced for Oman Series and ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier". Cricket Ireland. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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