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O'Brien ruled out of Australia game
26 Aug 2015 19:07
Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien has been ruled out of Thursday's One Day International with Australia at Stormont.
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The big hitting O'Brien was ruled out after he aggravated a hamstring injury.
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The Hills all-rounder Max Sorensen replaces O'Brien in the squad of 13.
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The ODI will be only the fourth time Ireland have played a team ranked number one in the world and the first meeting between the sides since 2012.
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Australia will be favourites at Stormont, but Ireland captain William Porterfield is relishing the opportunity to pit his wits against the number one ranked ODI side.
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"We've beaten Test nations on our home soil but it doesn't come any bigger than the world champions and if you could put that scalp on Ireland's CV then that would be great," said Porterfield.
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"All the lads are excited and can't wait to get out there."
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Australia will be hoping to move on quickly from their Ashes heartache as new captain Steve Smith prepares to embrace a fresh era.
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It is Australia's first 50-over fixture since beating New Zealand in the World Cup final in March, while Smith will be leading the team for the first time following the international retirement of Michael Clarke.
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Smith confirmed there would be six changes to the XI that triumphed over the Black Caps in Melbourne, with Joe Burns set to make his ODI debut in Belfast at the top of the batting order.
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Pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins replace rested duo Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood although Mitchell Starc, the number one ranked bowler in the ICC ODI rankings, will play.
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"I guess it's a new era in a way for Australian cricket," said Smith, who was the leading run-scorer in the Ashes.
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"We've got some experienced players around and we've got some young guys around as well, I think we've got a good mix together.
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"We've got to continue playing the aggressive brand of cricket that we've done so well and continue to improve.
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