William Porterfield confident of Ireland's place at Test table

Postado Mai 16, 2018

However, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he would welcome Ireland any time, and was impressed by their performance over the last four days, before the tourists finally came out on top by five wickets.

Ireland will probably have to wait until early next year before playing their second Test match but, after their debut performance on the biggest stage, they will have nothing to fear.

Ireland's first Test centurion, Kevin O'Brien, was dismissed on his first ball of the final day yesterday and with Ireland bowled out for 339, Pakistan needed only 160 to win.

Porterfield said after the game: "The biggest thing was how we fought back in the second innings with the bat - that showed the character we have". We lost narrowly to Scotland in the ICC 2007 World Cup qualifiers in a rain-affected match.

"To get up to close to 350 showed what we've got in the changing room and the passion that we have for playing our cricket".

"Hopefully in the next week or two there's going to be hundreds of little kids aspiring to be Kevin O'Brien in backstreet cricket".

Now, after the successful completion of the Test match, the chief of the Ireland cricket has hinted that the Irish team do not mind traveling to Pakistan for a tour.

Although their Test debut ended in a five-wicket defeat to Pakistan, Ireland's first foray into the long-form format left grounds for optimism as they produced a spirited fightback.

This was O'Brien's first global century since he scored the fastest-ever World Cup hundred, off just 50 balls, in Ireland's stunning win over England at Bangalore seven years ago.

Yet the controversial decision to shrink the 2019 World Cup in England to a 10-team tournament and Ireland's failure to come through an increasingly competitive qualifying tournament where only two spots were available means Porterfield's men will be on the outside looking in next year. "I think the way they played gives great confidence to the team and will help them in the next matches as well".