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(...)

Brett Lee has taken up a short-term deal with Cricket Ireland to act as bowling coach during Ireland’s World Cup warm-up period in Sydney. The 38-year-old Australian retired from all cricket last month. Photograph:  Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Australian fast-bowling legend Brett Lee will help with Ireland’s World Cup preparations after agreeing a short-term deal with Cricket Ireland to act (...)

 Eoin Morgan scored just 90 runs in seven innings against Sri Lanka, but the Dubliner has been backed to thrive   in his new role as England one-day captain. Photograph:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Alastair Cook admitted he was “gutted” to be omitted from England’s World Cup squad after being replaced as one-day international captain by former Ir(...)

Jason Gillespie: ‘Ireland are ticking all the boxes: they’ve done well, they’ve punched well above their weight in limited-overs tournaments.’ Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie believes Ireland should be fast-tracked to full Test status and that the country has the playing and adm(...)

 Ed Joyce has been in outstanding form for  Sussex ahead of Ireland’s games against Sri Lanka in Clontarf this week. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Ireland v Sri Lanka, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Tuesday, 10.45am With less than 10 months to Ireland’s third appearance at a 50-overs World Cup a(...)

Eoin Morgan of England speaks with Michael Clarke of Australia during game three of the One Day International Series  at Sydney Cricket Ground. Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

England did not just lose the Carlton Mid ODI series in Sydney. They may have also lost a captain as Alastair Cook, cutting an increasingly hangdog an(...)

Australia’s  Aaron Finch celebrates a century during the opening one-day international series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. Photograph:  Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

If this really was the opening step in the minting of a new era for English cricket then it must be said it looked similar to one or two other new era(...)

 Boyd Rankin believes that nerves may have played their part in the bouts of cramp he suffered on his Test debut against Australia in Sydney.   Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

England paceman Boyd Rankin has admitted his nerves perhaps got the better of him after a forgettable Test debut against Australia in Sydney last week(...)

James Anderson of England bowls during Day Two of the fifth Ashes Test match against   Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground . Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

England appeared to be heading towards an Ashes whitewash after another inadequate batting display as they closed Day Two of the final Test 311 runs b(...)

Brad Haddin of Australia plays a pull shot as he helped to rescue the Australian innings on day one of the fifth Ashes test. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Back in the early 1960s, when Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were in their pomp and hitting back-to back home runs for the New York Yankees, their este(...)