Ireland may have lost their debut Test against Pakistan, but the final result barely reflects the fight they put up or the hopes the raised en route. On Wednesday (May 16), the Irishmen deservedly received plenty of attention for their temerity. Elsewhere, the Indian Premier League threw up a couple of good reads, while a piece in The Guardian on Virat Kohli’s imminent county stint drew plenty of eyeballs too.

Ireland’s moment in the sun comes just as it is setting on Test cricket (The Guardian)
It is funny to think these great men had the same daydreams as the rest of us. Joyce and Beckett are two famous members of the small band of Irish Test match fans. In the 20th century this was a fruitless pursuit. For the past 140 years the only way an Irishman would play Test cricket was if he got picked for England. Leland Hone was the first to do it, in 1879. Hone, who kept wicket in the third-ever Test, was the first of seven Irishmen to play Tests for England. But there were many more, boys and men, who would have played for Ireland if they had had the chance.

‘There were a lot of special moments’ – Porterfield reflect’s on history-making Test (RTE)
William Porterfield: ”The biggest thing is the way we fought back in the second innings and that showed the character that we have. We got a taste of how tough it can be but we also got to prove that we can bounce back in any of those situations. We had a lot of great support throughout the five days and there were a lot of special moments.

“I think it was a fantastic team effort, yesterday belonged to Kevin and very well supported by Tommo and TK. But overall, all the lads are delighted and they all played a roll throughout the game, so it is great for ourselves and it gives us a lot of belief.”

Cricket Ireland prepares the ground for more testing times (Irish Times)
Over the next five years Ireland hopes to have 60-65 fixtures in a mix of Test matches and limited overs matches. In that scenario more venues than just Malahide will be required.

“About a fifth of those will be tests,” added Deutrom. “We hope to announce next week who the home fixtures will be against, because we are still in the final throes of negotiations; the future tours programme, with all the other nations involved, is a huge jigsaw puzzle.

“It is not one of those where you can do one at a time but if one moves, everyone moves. You can’t announce one thing until everything is decided.”

Young guns show lot of promise in pulsating win against Ireland (Dawn)
Test cricket is the real test for the cricketing nations, be it against the minnows playing their debut match or against a team with all the experience in the world. Both the Irish and the Pakistanis enhanced their credentials with this Test, proving to be good sport throughout and producing the kind of performance that is good publicity for Test cricket.

Jos Buttler’s ‘unique gifts’ earned him surprise England Test call, says selector Ed Smith (The Telegraph)
Ed Smith: “It is the whole package with Jos. It is what he is capable of, what the opposition know he is capable of and what he brings to the side beyond merely batsmanship. I am fully aware of the fact he has not played a red-ball match since the back end of last season. The decision has been made with eyes wide open. We feel it is the right thing to do at the right time with the right player.”

India’s reluctance to play pink-ball Test no historical surprise (The Guardian)
Historically, conservatism fills the BCCI’s Mumbai headquarters like few offices in world sport. Their habitual resistance to innovation means few were surprised at the decision last week to reject the chance to play the Adelaide Test under lights. Despite three largely successful pink ball fixtures against New Zealand, South Africa and England at the venue, Adelaide fans will have to settle for day-time cricket at India’s behest. It’s their prerogative, mind – both the hosts and visitors must agree upon changes to playing conditions before a series, and Virat Kohli’s side is loth to give Australia any advantage in their quest to win their first Test series on these shores. In a purely on-field sense, it is logical.

A Cheshire Cat in cricket’s carousel: The Hales tale (Cricbuzz)
Hales’s development as a cricketer has been conspicuous since his T20I debut back in 2011 where he copped a two-ball duck against India. Come 2018, he is the only Englishman to break into the top 10 of the ICC rankings for T20I batsmen, after being the first Englishman to score an international T20 century. Hales, who has now played 11 Tests, 59 One-Day Internationals and 52 T20Is, has played his part in England’s shorter-format success since the 2015 World Cup. Despite such accolades and such an impact, he finds himself jostling for a spot in the national set-up.

What county cricket can expect from ‘big dog’ Virat Kohli’s arrival (The Guardian)
Beyond the inevitable grumbles about English cricket pointing the blunderbuss to the foot of its own national team, what can his new team-mates expect from Kohli? Will he be rocking up and throwing his bats to Rikki Clarke for extra linseed oil, or ordering Sam Curran to fetch him 1,000 brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glassas a pre-condition of taking the field? After all, this is a cricketer with a combined social-media following of 83 million people, estimated annual earnings of £20m (thanks to deals with Puma, Tissot, Audi and Pepsi) and is one half of India’s leading power couple following his marriage to Bollywood’s Anuskha Sharma. Surrey have long had a reputation as the south London strutters who love a big-name signing, but Kohli surely tops the lot.

Cricket won’t be the same without Bill Lawry (The New Zealand Herald)
Dour, grafting batsman became the most excitable voice behind a microphone in cricket, at least until some of the younger lunatic fringe have emerged of late to shout the T20 game around the globe.

But while they ham it up for effect, Lawry, you always sensed, was genuine in his delight for the game.

Cricket Australia could alter selection structure post Waugh (The Sydney Morning Herald)
CA’s head of team performance Pat Howard is widely known to be an advocate of the coach holding a greater say on selection. If cricket was to take this path, it would bring the game more in line with the major football codes.

There is also a view Australian cricket would be better served with fewer selectors. Trevor Hohns is the selection chairman along with national talent manager Greg Chappell and newly appointed coach Justin Langer.

Third time lucky lands Carey’s dream job (Cricket.com.au)
Talk to those who well know Australia’s newest cricket leader, and they’ll often cite Alex Carey’s background at the helm of a nascent group in the nation’s cut-throat football competition as integral to both his character development and his captaincy potential.

But Carey himself identifies his two years in the professional sporting ‘wilderness’ – albeit a laminated desk in the office of a financial planning outfit in suburban Adelaide – that instilled within him the drive to succeed, but also the grounded perspective that shapes his cricket philosophy.

A I Harrsha: Can’t play by the book (The Hindu)
AI Harrsha: “The very reason I took on this role is that I didn’t get great inputs about strength and recovery after my injury. I wanted to give young players the quality expertise that could have possibly helped me then. I always underwent fitness tests and felt things could have been handled better. However, I didn’t have the necessary knowledge on how it could be done.”

Aditya Tare defends Mumbai Indians’ decision to play Ishan Kishan ahead of him (DNA)
Aditya Tare: “He (Kishan) is pretty young, only 19 years. The talent he has is enormous and that’s the reason why Mumbai Indians have backed him as the first choice. This is the start in his career, so it is a great opportunity for him playing for MI. A couple of games back, he won a game for us, so it shows the amount of ability he has with the bat. This experience of playing all the games for a franchise like MI is going to help him going forward in his career.”

Amicus Curiae okay with increase in number of selectors (The Times of India)
Subramanium has stated in his submission to the Supreme Court that an increase in the number of selectors would be proper. “Having regard to the number of selectors required, the Amicus respectfully submits that the current number of 3 selectors can be increased to 5 subject to following the criteria… The Constitution may be amended as indicated in item 12-15 of Annexure A,” he stated.