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(...)

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(...)

 Ed Joyce in action for Sussex. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

England selector Angus Fraser believes Ed Joyce would have stood a great chance of making his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in today’s first(...)

Sussex captain  Ed Joyce has spoken of the anger felt by him and his team-mates over the match-fixing scandal involving former players Lou Vincent and Naveed Arif. Photograph:   Anthony Devlin/PA

Ireland international and Sussex captain Ed Joyce has spoken of the anger felt by him and his team-mates over the match-fixing scandal involving form(...)

RSA Insurance ODI Series at Castle Avenue,  Ireland’s Alex Cusack celebrates as Lahiru Thirimanne is caught. Photograph:   Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Much of the build-up to the opening game of the RSA Insurance One-Day Series concerned how Sri Lanka would handle a cold and bleak day in Dublin 3 in (...)

 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(...)

Ireland international  Ed Joyce has signed  a two-year extension to his contract at Sussex. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Ireland international Ed Joyce has signed a new two-year extension at Sussex which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season at least(...)

 Ed Joyce: believes Ireland have an excellent chance against Sri Lanka as conditions will not be to their liking. Photograph: Barry Chambers/Inpho

Ireland coach Phil Simmons has kept to the players that took part in the recent World Twenty20 in his 13-strong squad to take on Sri Lanka in t(...)

The Dutch players and backroom team celebrate after their stunning six-wicket victory over Ireland in Sylhet, Bangladesh that saw them qualify for the Super 10s stage of the World Twenty20. Photograph:   Barry Chambers/Inpho

Ireland have enjoyed some heady days since debuting on the world stage in 2007, but yesterday in (...)

Ireland’s Ed Joyce swings the bat during his innings of 43 from 38 deliveries in the ICC World Twenty20 game against the UAE in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Photograph:  Pal Pillai-IDI/IDI via Getty Images

Ireland took a huge leap forwards in their efforts to qualify for the main draw of the ICC World Twenty20 with a 21-run win under the Duckworth(...)