George Dockrell hits the ball away during Ireland’s World Cup loss to India in Hamilton, New Zealand. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

It has been a whirlwind week travelling from Canberra to Hobart to play Zimbabwe and then on to Hamilton to take on India. We will have completed our(...)

Shikhar Dhawan scored a century as India chased down Ireland’s 259 for the loss of just two wickets. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images 1:40

India’s imperious start to the World Cup continued with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Ireland in their Pool B encounter at Seddon Park in Hamilt(...)

Alex Cusack of Ireland is congratulated by team-mates after getting the wicket of Zimbabwe’s Tawanda Mupariwa to secure a five-run victory during the World Cup Pool B game in Hobart. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Even though Ireland claimed a third win in four World Cup games in a tense five-run last-over finish against Zimbabwe in Hobart on Saturday, they are(...)

Alex Cusack is congratulated by Ireland  team-mates Kevin O’Brien and Ed Joyce  after getting the wicket of Tawanda Mupariwa of Zimbabwe  to complete a five-run win in their Pool B World Cup game  at Bellerive Oval  in Hobart. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Despite claiming the scalp of a second Test-playing nation in the nerve-racking five-run victory over Zimbabwe, Ireland still require one win from the(...)

Ireland coach Phil Simmons believes his side have the edge over Zimbabwe ahead of the World Cup Pool B meeting between the sides in Hobart. Photograph:  Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Having been in the Southern Hemisphere for over a month now, Ireland’s cricketers must have thought they were fully acclimatised.Yet the flight across(...)

Ireland’s George Dockrell celebrates after scoring the winning runs against the UAE during the Cricket World Cup Pool B match at the Gabba in Brisbane. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty

If you asked my Somerset or Leinster team-mates, they’d tell you I’ve always fancied myself as a batsman, but walking out at The Gabba last night with(...)

George Dockrell celebrates scoring the winning runs in Ireland’s two-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates at the Gabba. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

It may have eluded our politicians to date but Ireland’s cricketers took full advantage of a bail-in along with sundry other gifts, to make it two wi(...)

Andrew Balbirnie and the Ireland squad enjoy a game of rugby during a squad training session at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, Australia.  Photograph: Barry Chambers/INPHO

Cricket is wont to putting things in boxes; categorising and breaking down specialist skills and disciplines to the nth degree. And when it comes t(...)

William Porterfield, in his third tournament, will lead Ireland in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. (Photograph: Peter Parks /AFP/Getty Images)

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD (Warwickshire) LH bat Age: 30. Caps: 193 (ODI: 73) Runs: 6038 runs @ 31.95 (ODI: 2,137 @ 30.97) Captain for a second time a(...)

Ed Joyce (left) pictured at College Park in Dublin with Ireland team-mates Kevin O’Brien and Craig Young  at the announcement that Tourism Ireland is to sponsor the international cricket team  for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Photograph:   Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

If it wasn’t for young son Georgiou looking for him to bowl a few more deliveries at the foot of the pavilion steps at Trinity College on Thursday mo(...)