News International – Porterfield hopes conditions favour Ireland

LONDON: Ireland captain William Porterfield hopes a combination of local conditions and English county cricket experience will work in his side’s favour when they make their Test debut at home to Pakistan later this week.

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  • Porterfield hopes conditions favour Ireland LONDON: Ireland captain William Porterfield hopes a combination of local conditions and English county cricket experience will work in his side’s favour when they make their Test debut at home to Pakistan later this week.
  • Ireland and Afghanistan were elevated to Test status last year.Ireland will become the 11th men’s cricket Test nation when they face Pakistan in a one-off match starting in Malahide, near Dublin, on Friday.
  • Ireland, however, did spring a huge surprise when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.
  • Porterfield is one of several players in the Ireland squad to have played first-class county cricket giving them high-level experience of a long-form game, albeit that County Championship matches last for a maximum of four days.
  • “You face Test bowlers in Championship games in England, and in white-ball cricket,” said Porterfield, a former Gloucestershire and Warwickshire batsman.


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