What a call up…

Looks like Ed Joyce is going to get his call up for England. Only problem is it’s against Ireland at Stormont next week. Thanks to Pid [sic] for the heads up!

  • Pete Baker

    Well, it’s a great opportunity for Joyce to stake a claim for a regular place in the squad.. assuming he gets a chance to play.. which he may well do against the Irish team.. the irony would be too temnpting to ignore.

    But there are 16 names on that list.. not 15.. and with his being a specialist batsman.. there are only a certain number of places he can compete for.

  • Rory

    This wouldn’t be someting to with rugby, by any chance, would it, Mick?

    Do we have to go out and buy and don a Harris Tweed jacket and cavalry twill trousers and a Viyella shirt and old boy type tie before we respond?

    I think I will pass and instead dress modestly, yet becomingly and watch instead the traffic slowly trundle outside my window. Much more exhilirating.

  • Pete Baker

    Yeah.. thanks for sharing your thoughts on that Rory..


  • Hoorah (and I suspect he will get a game) – heads Ireland fans win, and, in a way, tails too. A nice thing for a nice man, and for once I go to the vicinity of Stormont with some enthusiasm.

  • Mick: Interesting this. I suppose your time living in England has warped you so much so that you can stomach cricket for longer than 3 seconds. However, I must admit, in all shame, I had a cousin, partially disowned as a result, who liked it.
    Wikipedia gives us the information that the good Archbishop “Croke introduced a new rule which forbade members of the GAA from playing “foreign and fantastic games” such as tennis, cricket, polo, and croquet”.
    Cusack was a good cricket player, by all accounts. Now what was a Clare man and GAA founder doing playing such a w**ker’s game? That said, Sydney’s Bay 13 and the Indian sub continent show not all cricketers are the pocket biliards type one finds “playing” it on the green and verdant plains of Ireland. An Irish born player being good at cricket is like an Irishman being good at croquet or crochet. Worth seeing perhaps but certainly not worth going to see.
    The One Small step campaugn, praiseworthy and laudable though it is makes two odd suggestions: 1. Taigs should watch a cricket match; 2. Huns should read the GAA rulebook.
    To 1, this Taigs’ answer is never, never, never. To 2, the phrase GAA rulebook is an oxymoron.

  • Mick Fealty

    I got the bug long before I went to England. The local GAA and Cricket clubs used to (unofficially, I guess) share a pitch in my home town, so it wasn’t difficult to develop a passion for both.

  • Rory

    Sorry, Pete, I have egg on my face. I didn’t realise it was cricket. Isn’t that the English version of baseball, without the excitement?

  • esmereldavillalobos

    For those of us on the mainland who have Sky and a day off BBC Two NI are showing the game on channel 992 from 10.30am. OK, you have to put up with Jackie but anyway…

  • Briso

    Is there no eligibility thing? How can an Irishman play for England?

  • Teaser

    I actually like cricket as well as gaelic rugby soccer etc.

    It is considerd to be the icon of fairness, but I’ve often wondered why. Doesn’t it amount to eleven guys against two, while nine colleagues sit in the pavillion watching the slaughter. Can someone explain.

  • esmereldavillalobos


    Hope this makes it as clear as mud as the ICC usually do.

    Your argument would then progress to how did Greig, Lamb, Smith R, Smith C, Hick, Jones G, Pietersen etc get to play for England. Happens all the time. Ireland don’t play test cricket, Joyce thinks he’s good enough (and a large school of thought says he may be right in that assumption) so he qualifies for his local test side. Would you rather he went overseas?

  • Briso

    esmereldavillalobos said:
    >Your argument would then progress …

    I didn’t realise I had an argument. I thought I asked a question. On what basis does Joyce qualify from the criteria you linked? Has he lived over there for a few years?

    esmereldavillalobos said:
    >Would you rather he went overseas?
    I’d rather he helped Ireland improve their world standing in order to eventually advance a case for test status, but it’s really none of my business. He’s a professional sportsman and he can and should do what is good for his career.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Sorry, Briso – reading to much into it.

    The ECB regulations are a bit clearer.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Page 22 of the link

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Just to clarify, Joyce qualified to play for England due to residency in July of last year despite helping Ireland to qualify for the world cup in the Windies next year where he will not be playing for them if he plays for England.

    I also see that we have been down this road before…

  • Briso

    ev:I also see that we have been down this road before…

    Indeed. Thanks for that. Very interesting. 🙂

  • pid

    I see Joyce’s story as a good one. There is an East-West element in our culture which has few enough sporting outlets, save the Lions rugby team.

    Cricket’s homeland is England, long shadows on County Grounds etc., but I welcome Irish people playing cricket for Ireland; and if good enough, for England.

    Few of you might be aware of the fact that the Gaeltacht strongman hero of Joe Steve Ă“ Neachtain’s ‘Lámh Láidir’, published lately is one Eamonn Seoige.

    I like that!

  • Tochais Siorai

    I like his cousins Gráinne & Síle better!

  • esmereldavillalobos


    Looks like it’s all gone tits up for Edmund.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Yay! It would appear this doomsayer is proved wrong! Good luck to all today.