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(...)

Max Sorensen has been called up to Ireland’s  Cricket World Cup squad in place of Tim Murtagh, who broke a foot in training. Photograph:  Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Middlesex opening bowler Tim Murtagh has been ruled out of Ireland’s upcoming World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand after it was confirmed t(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ireland captain William Porterfield has left the World Cup acclimatisation tour of Australia and New Zealand  “due to personal reasons”. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Cricket Ireland confirmed on Friday that Ireland captain William Porterfield left the ongoing World Cup acclimatisation tour of Australia and New Zeal(...)

 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(...)

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(...)