O’Brien an­nounces Ir­ish re­tire­ment after 216 caps

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Wick­et­keeper-bats­man Niall O’Brien has an­nounced his re­tire­ment after 16 years and 216 caps. It brings an end to a dis­tin­guished in­ter­na­tional ca­reer that em­braced some of Ire­land’s finest crick­et­ing suc­cesses.

O’Brien’s rep­u­ta­tion as a bat­tler on the pitch was ap­par­ent from the start as he had to fight hard to earn se­nior in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. First capped by Adrian Bir­rell in 2002, the left-han­der’s finest mo­ment came at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies – his match-win­ning in­nings of 72 rightly re­garded as one of the great­est in the his­tory of Ir­ish cricket. He fin­ishes as the most suc­cess­ful glove­man and the fourth high­est run scorer in Ir­ish his­tory, his 6,097 runs com­ing at an av­er­age of 31.59. The 36-year-old scored eight cen­turies and 33 half-cen­turies.

Niall O’Brien: first capped by Adrian Bir­rell in 2002

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