Paul Stirling

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Paul Stirling
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Personal information
Full namePaul Robert Stirling
Born (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 (age 31)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 9)11 May 2018 v Pakistan
Last Test24 July 2019 v England
ODI debut (cap 28)1 July 2008 v New Zealand
Last ODI13 September 2021 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.1
T20I debut (cap 16)15 June 2009 v Pakistan
Last T20I22 October 2021 v Namibia
T20I shirt no.1
Domestic team information
2013Sylhet Royals
2018Kandahar Knights
2019Khulna Titans
2020–presentNorthern Knights
2020Dambulla Viiking
2021Islamabad United
2021Southern Brave
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 3 134 90 225
Runs scored 104 4,982 2,525 7,853
Batting average 17.33 38.92 31.17 37.39
100s/50s 0/0 12/26 1/19 20/36
Top score 36 177 115* 177
Balls bowled 12 2,417 534 3,519
Wickets 0 43 19 71
Bowling average 44.79 35.31 41.28
5 wickets in innings 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/55 3/21 6/55
Catches/stumpings 4/– 49/– 25/– 86/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 22 October 2021

Paul Robert Stirling (born 3 September 1990) is an Irish cricketer. Stirling is the opening batsman for the Ireland cricket team and an occasional right arm off break bowler. He is one of the top 10 run scorers in T20 internationals.[1] He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland's first ever Test match, against Pakistan, in May 2018. He was appointed as the vice-captain of the Ireland team in June 2020.[2]

Stirling debuted in first-class cricket in March 2008, playing for Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup. The same year Stirling made his debut in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He was also snicked off by George Barlow . Having represented Middlesex's youth sides and Second XI, Stirling signed a contract with the club in December 2009. A month later he was awarded a contract with Cricket Ireland, making him one of six players with a full-time contract with the board. He made his Twenty20 and List A debuts for Middlesex in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

In December 2018, Stirling was one of nineteen players to be awarded a central contract by Cricket Ireland for the 2019 season.[3][4] In July 2019, in the second ODI against Zimbabwe, Stirling became the first batsman for Ireland to score 4,000 runs in ODIs.[5] In January 2020, he was one of nineteen players to be awarded a central contract from Cricket Ireland,[6] the first year in which all contracts were awarded on a full-time basis.[7] In August 2021, Stirling played in his 300th match for Ireland, in the opening fixture of Ireland's series against Zimbabwe.[8]

Early career[edit]

In July 2009, Stirling scored his maiden first-class century. In Ireland's opening match of the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Cup, he opened the batting with Jeremy Bray and in the first innings scored 100.[9] Stirling was a member of the Ireland squad that participated in 2010 Under-19 World Cup hosted by New Zealand in January. The team were runners-up to Bangladesh in the Plate Championship, finishing tenth overall out of 16 teams.[10] Stirling was the team's leading run-scorer, with 209 from five matches.[11]

Contracts with Middlesex[edit]

In December 2009, Stirling signed a three-year contract with Middlesex County Cricket Club, joining former Ireland international Eoin Morgan at the club. According to Angus Fraser, the club's director of cricket, representing Ireland is Stirling's priority; he also stated that "Paul has been involved with the Middlesex youth sides and Second XI and we are delighted that he has now signed a full time contract for the club. His batting for Ireland in 2009 highlighted his potential".[12] The following month Cricket Ireland, the governing body for cricket in Ireland, awarded Stirling a full-time contract. He was one of six players to be awarded such contracts with Cricket Ireland,[13] and came just a year after the first professional contracts were awarded to Ireland's cricketers. Before that players were amateurs relying on income from other jobs and playing cricket in their spare time. The contract allowed Stirling and the others to focus on cricket, with the aim of improving ahead of the 2011 World Cup.[14]

After the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Stirling broke into Middlesex's one-day side during the 2011 season, making his List A debut for the club on 24 April against Worcestershire.[15][16] Although Middlesex failed to progress beyond the group stages of the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40, Stirling enjoyed personal success. Scoring 535 runs from 12 matches, he was Middlesex's leading run-scorer and 7th in the competition.[17] During an innings of 68 against Yorkshire, one of Stirling's two half-centuries in the competition, he passed 2,000 runs in List A cricket.[18] Towards the end of the competition Stirling struck his first century in Middlesex colours, scoring 109 runs from 81 balls to a 34-run win over Derbyshire.[19]

Although a full-strength team played against England in an ODI in August 2012, county commitments meant many of Ireland's senior players were unavailable to play in the team's opening match of the 2011–13 Intercontinental Cup.[20] An attacking half-century from Stirling in the final innings of the match helped secure victory for Ireland.[21][22] Later that same month Stirling scored his second first-class century. His innings of 107, beating his previous highest score of 100, came off just 79 deliveries and helped Ireland to their second win of the Intercontinental Cup.[23][24]


In August 2010, Stirling was nominated in the "Emerging Player of the Year" and "Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year" categories for the ICC Awards. He was the only associate member to be nominated in the "Emerging Player" category, the other 15 players coming from Test-playing countries. Ireland's had most nominees in the "Associate and Affiliate" category, with Trent Johnston and Kevin O'Brien included alongside Stirling. Richard Holdsworth, a representative of the ICC, said "I think it's fantastic for Paul Stirling to be nominated in two separate categories and to be recognised alongside some of the leading emerging players in the Full Members, it proves how far the development of Associate cricket has progressed".[25] He did not make the short list in either category.[26]

International career[edit]

On 7 September 2010, during a One Day International against Canada, Stirling made his maiden List-A century, scoring 177 runs. In doing so, Stirling made the highest individual score for Ireland in a One Day International.

Stirling was selected in Ireland's 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup.[27] Ireland won two out of six matches, which was not sufficient to progress beyond the group stage, but finished on a high by beating the Netherlands. Chasing 307 to win on a batting friendly wicket, Stirling opened the batting with team captain William Porterfield. The pair shared a partnership of 177 runs, setting a new record for Ireland's first wicket in ODIs. Stirling fell for 101, his century coming off 70 deliveries, which made it the fourth-fastest in World Cup history.[28]

When Ireland's cricketers have been regulars for English counties, demands from country and club have sometimes come into conflict. Despite this, Stirling played in Ireland's two-match ODI series against Pakistan in May. Ireland lost the series 2–0, but in the second match Stirling scored his first century against a Test nation.[29] Stirling's influence on the team was such that, along with all-round Kevin O'Brien, he was one of two Ireland players shortlisted for Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year at the 2011 ICC Awards in August.[30]

A side made up of some of the best players from Associate and Affiliate teams was put together to face England in Dubai in January 2012. The three-day match was part of England's preparation for a series against Pakistan later that month. Stirling was one of four Ireland players included in the 12-man squad.[31]

In the ODI series against Afghanistan he along with Rashid Khan became the first pair of bowlers representing different teams to take 6 wickets a piece in a single ODI match [32]

In February 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Stirling as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.[33]

In May 2018, he was named in a fourteen-man squad for Ireland's first ever Test match, which was played against Pakistan later the same month.[34][35] He made his Test debut for Ireland, against Pakistan, on 11 May 2018. He scored 17 runs in the first innings, and became the first Irish batsman to score a boundary in Test cricket.[36][37] In January 2019, he was named in Ireland's squad for their one-off Test against Afghanistan in India.[38][39]

In September 2019, he was named in Ireland's squad for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.[40] He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 291 runs in eight matches.[41][42]

In June 2020, he was named as the vice-captain of the Ireland cricket team.[43] On 10 July 2020, Stirling was named in Ireland's 21-man squad to travel to England to start training behind closed doors for the ODI series against the England cricket team.[44][45] In January 2021, in Ireland's series against Afghanistan, Stirling scored his 12th century, the most by a cricketer for Ireland in ODIs.[46] In September 2021, Stirling was named in Ireland's provisional squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[47]

T20 franchise career[edit]

In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[48] The following month, he was named in Paarl Rocks' squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.[49][50]

In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Belfast Titans in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[51][52] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[53]

He signed a contract with Northamptonshire for the 2020 Vitality t20 Blast on 31 January 2020. In October 2020, he was drafted by the Dambulla Viiking for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League.[54] On February of 2021 Stirling signed to Islamabad United as a replacement player.[55]

He returned to Middlesex in 2021 for the initial five group matches of the Vitality t20 Blast competition.

He is currently starring for Southern Brave in the inaugural The Hundred competition.


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