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William Porterfield heaps praise on departing hero Trent Johnston

Updated: Friday, 13 Dec 2013 17:16 | Comments

Trent Johnston is given guard of honour by his team-mates in Dubai
Trent Johnston is given guard of honour by his team-mates in Dubai

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Ireland captain William Porterfield has paid tribute to Trent Johnston as retired after today's ICC Intercontinental Cup final victory over Afghanistan.

Ireland ran out winners by 122 runs in Dubai although Johnston was unable to take the field today due to an injury.

The 39-year-old, who was born in Wollongong, Australia, played 67 ODIs, 33 first-class and 30 T20 matches in a career that started in 1998-99 in Australia before he moved to Ireland.

Johnston captained Ireland to ICC Intercontinental Cup titles in 2005 and 2006-2007 and also led his side in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 where he hit the winning runs against Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica, to complete one of the major upsets in the history of the tournament.

Ireland also defeated Bangladesh by 74 runs during the Super Eight stage in the same tournament at Bridgetown, Barbados.

Fittingly, Porterfield stepped aside to let his colleague pick up the trophy, and his fourth winners medal in this competition. 

“He has been a massive figure since a lot of this team started playing" - William Porterfield 

Porterfield said: “A big part of us over the last 10 years has been Trent Johnston.

“He has been a massive figure since a lot of this team started playing.

 “Obviously I made my debut under Trent. I have played some 160 to 170 times with him. There are a lot of young lads who have learnt a lot from him. There are a lot of lads now chomping at the bit to take his place.

“This was the perfect send-off for Trent. He is a traditionalist of the game, he loves this format.

“In the last 24 hours he has not been keeping well. He would have loved to have been out there taking those wickets.

“There would have been no one more pleased than him to see some of the lads step up and take the wickets.

"That’s the kind of bloke Trent is, he would have been pleased to see John (Mooney) go out and do that (take 10 wickets).

“That’s the fitting way for Trent to sign off and pick up that trophy.”

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