O'Brien: We can't live on past glories
Updated: Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 14:02
Kevin O’Brien wants another “defining moment” in Irish cricket when they face England in a One-Day International in Malahide next Tuesday.
O'Brien famously announced himself to a global audience with the fastest hundred in World Cup history (50 balls) as Ireland pulled off one of the greatest shocks in sporting history - chasing 327 to beat England by three wickets in Bangalore in March 2011.
He said: “It was a defining moment in Irish cricket, which changed the perception of the sport here and raised the profile to new heights.
"There's no doubt that innings changed my destiny. All of a sudden myself and Irish cricket were on the front as well as the back pages of newspapers and media the world over.
The 28-year-old wants to create a new chapter in the history of the sport at ‘Fortress Malahaide’ next week.
"We've got to keep on winning if we want to achieve Full-Member status. We can't live on past glories - we owe the fans a special performance and another famous win."
"We owe the fans a special performance" - Kevin O'Brien
He added: "The ground looks absolutely magnificent. It's undergone quite a transformation, and there's going to a brilliant party atmosphere against England with 10,000 fans at the game.
"England have selected quite a number of one-day specialists and some of the younger guys will be looking to make a name for themselves with another series in the winter.
“There is of course the added edge to the game with Moggie (Eoin Morgan, England captain) and big Boyd (Rankin) in their squad. I'm sure there will be a bit of banter flying around."
Ireland squad (v England & ICC WCL Championship v Scotland 6, 8 September)
William Porterfield (c) (Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Leicestershire), Eddie Richardson (North County), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).
Eoin Morgan (c) (Middlesex), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ravi Bopora (Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Notts), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex).
There are still a limited number of tickets available at www.cricketireland.ie and TicketMaster outlets nationwide at www.ticketmaster.ie.