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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 16:42 GMT
Ireland - Three to watch
EOIN MORGAN

Eoin Morgan
Age 20, left-handed batsman, right-arm seamer, occasional wicket-keeper
Highly-rated stroke player who has already declared his wishes to follow Ed Joyce into the England team, and recently set the record for the highest individual score by an Irishman with 206 in the Intercontinental Cup.

Played six matches in the English county Championship for Middlesex in 2006, averaging only 13 with a top score of 13.

Hit seven fours and a six in his 99 against Scotland in the European Championships before he was run out, which prompted an irate reaction from the flame-haired Dubliner that saw him warned about his future conduct by the ICC.

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD

Niall O'Brien
Age 22, left-handed batsman
An opening batsman who cemented his place in the team with successive unbeaten centuries in the recent World Cricket League in Nairobi, having only made his debut in August 2006.

Provides a steady flow of runs rather than a torrent of boundaries, but Ireland will not mind how they come if he continues his current rate.

After a relative failure against Canada, he finished the competition on a high with eight fours in his 84 against the Netherlands.

TRENT JOHNSTON

Trent Johnston
Age 32, right-arm seamer, right-handed batsman
Australian-born paceman who played for New South Wales before he fell out of favour in the 1999-00 season.

Claimed 3-45 against the United Arab Emirates in the ICC Trophy in 2005, a match in which he also fired four fours and a six in 67 from 68 balls.

Captained Ireland and opened the bowling in the inaugural one-day international match against England last summer, and dismissed former Sussex batsman Bas Zuiderent in the abandoned European Championship match against the Netherlands last August, which saw Ireland lift the overall trophy.

Johnston took 4-38 as the Irish rattled South Africa, the world's top-ranked side, in a World Cup warm-up match.



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