Niall O’Brien believes Ireland have a chance of an upset in the opening World Cup Pool B game against the West Indies in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph:   Liam McBurney/PA

Two countries, four weeks, six games and over 10,000 kilometres of travel await Ireland as they prepare to get their third 50-overs World Cup under(...)

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(...)

We have arrived in Australia for the World Cup having planned and worked to get here over the past three years. Even though we were expected to qualif(...)

 Ireland coach Phil Simmons: had made four changes from the side that lost to Afghanistan on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland claimed the Dubai Tri-Series title on Monday after their final encounter with Scotland was a complete washout, the first no result in a One-Da(...)

 Ireland’s Craig Young (3-45) was again the pick of the Irish attack against Afghanistan in Dubai. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland’s unbeaten start to 2015 came to an abrupt end in Dubai on Saturday as a disappointing batting display saw them beaten by 71 runs against Afg(...)

Ireland’s Niall O’Brien in good form against Scots. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

An unbeaten knock of 80 from Niall O’Brien helped Ireland to a three-wicket win over Scotland in Dubai as Phil Simmons’s side took control of the Tri(...)

William Porterfield will lead Ireland in next month’s cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cricket Ireland have confirmed that the 15-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be the same selection that have t(...)

Andrew Balbirnie in action against the Netherlands in 2013. The Middlesex batsman scored his first international century against New Zealand ‘A’ recently.  Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Although Ireland will not officially name their World Cup squad until early next month, the 15 players named on Thursday for four warm-up One-Day Int(...)

Andrew Balbirnie made his first international century in Ireland’s four-wicket victory over New   Zealand ‘A’ side in Dubai. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Andrew Balbirnie’s maiden hundred for Ireland led his team to a well deserved four-wicket win against a strong New Zealand ‘A’ side at the ICC Global (...)