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Irish hopes intact as bad weather derails Test debut

Irish hopes intact as bad weather derails Test debut

Pakistan is now on the tour of the United Kingdom where they first play Ireland in their historic first Test that gets underway today and then travel to England for a two-Test series. "But it would be remiss if we didn't talk about everything that has gone before us".

"Every one that's ever worn the jersey and done things behind the scenes and devoted their lives to it deserve a lot of credit for what's going to happen tomorrow".

Notable Irish players who missed out on making the team include batsman Jack Tector, all-rounder Simi Singh and pacer Barry McCarthy.

"I think it's a great achievement for Ireland to play Test cricket", he noted. Play will resume at 11am on Saturday morning.

"There has been a lot of banging the drum", Porterfield told reporters at the Malahide ground.

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In Smith's absence, Tyrone Kane seems certain to play his first red-ball match for Ireland while Porterfield also admitted, having seen the green pitch, he was erring towards an all-seam attack which would see Andy McBrine miss out and his North West Warriors team-mate Stuart Thompson come in as a bowling all-rounder.

Preview: Ireland will look to do what no side have done in 141 years by winning their inaugural men's Test when they face Pakistan in a one-off match starting on Friday.

Earlier in their warm-up game played from May 4-7 at Northampton, Pakistan defeated Northamptonshire by 9 wickets.

By the time the umpires bowed to what had long made seem inevitable at 3:00 p.m. local time (1400 GMT), there were just a few hardy souls at a ground where temporary stands had increased the capacity to 6,300, with 5,100 seats pre-sold for the day. I'd just met most... "I must have dreamt the dream 100,000 times", Ireland wicket-keeper Niall O'Brien wrote in an accompanying column.

The boys in green-trim sweaters are nearly certain to be successful sooner, if only because they will regularly play Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, but they will want to prove they can not only take the field with the bigger boys of world cricket but start beating some of them over the five-day distance.