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Balbirnie revels in Ireland captaincy

8th November 2019, 19:04 by Tom McGarry

Andrew Balbirnie says being named Ireland's new Test and one-day captain is an "absolute honour".

The former Middlesex batsman has succeeded long-serving skipper William Porterfield in the role and he becomes the second man to captain Ireland's Test team and fifth to lead their ODI side.

Balbirnie made his international debut for Ireland nine years ago and has gone on to feature 123 times for his country, but he has described being named captain as his greatest honour to date.

"To be asked to captain my country is an absolute honour," Balbirnie said.

"It's a proud moment, not just for me but also for my family and everyone who has been there on my cricket journey so far - especially my coaches, teammates and friends at Pembroke Cricket Club."

The 28-year-old was also quick to pay tribute to outgoing captain Porterfield, who will continue playing for Ireland following 253 appearances as skipper.

""Since 2008, William has been an amazing leader on and off the field, not just to me but anyone who has been lucky to represent Ireland.

"Taking over from our greatest captain will certainly be a hard act to follow but one I'm looking forward to getting into."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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