Man of the century

Man of the century
Kevin O’Brien: the Pakistan match had ‘a nagging sense of letting it get away, but a great achievement’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Kevin O’Brien last week made history by scoring 118 runs on Ireland’s test cricket debut against Pakistan, a gruelling five-day battle that showcased the national team’s fighting spirit

A quick glance through a photo album that portrays a small snippet of Irish sporting history.

Page One. There’s a shot of Ed Joyce on the beach in Malahide playing cricket with kids – his past and maybe their future merging in the hours ahead of a new and unlikely era. Page Two. There’s Andrew Balbirnie, back in his hotel room and brushing his teeth while still wearing his fresh green kit - partly in...

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