Sep 23

Australia v Ireland ODI Match, 2016/17

The 2015 One Day International

Last year’s One Day International between Ireland and Australia took place in Belfast and saw the Australians enjoy a convincing victory over the Irish team. The Australian team boasted the impressive combined might of Joe Burns and David Warner, with both being instrumental in the win. Burns and Warner set up a 139-run partnership before heavy rain put a stop to the first innings. Rain interrupted play throughout the day, so both teams will be hoping for better weather during this year’s One Day International. When play resumed, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell claimed two wickets each, helping to cement the Australian team’s victory over their Irish hosts.

This year’s match

Ireland again line up against Australia on 27th September this year, with the match scheduled to take place in South Africa. Ireland are still cricketing minnows, but are continuing their quest to regularly play against some of the world’s top teams. Australia’s feared team are no easy prospect, however, and Ireland are sure to have their work cut out. Usman Khawaja is enjoying a particularly good spell at the moment, and is going to be one to watch. Steve Smith may also prove troublesome for the Irish team.

With one of the stars of last year’s match, Mitchell Starc, due to feature again, Ireland will have to be careful not to give away early wickets, and effectively end the match before it’s properly started. Ireland’s Kevin O’ Brien may end up being an important weapon in the team’s batting lineup.

If the current spate of One Day Internationals has got you itching to have a go at the game yourself, why not take this opportunity to dig out your cricket whites, or treat yourself to some new gear? The autumn sales are in full swing, and it’s a great time of year to hunt for bargains, if you’re thinking about getting back into cricket after an absence or even playing for the first time. From cricket bats to protective equipment like cricket batting pads sale offers can provide big discounts, to help you get kitted out.

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