One of the most inspiring things in cricket is a comeback. It is usually attributed to heroes and their heroics marks a comeback. A comeback recently made it into the news. Louise McCarthy is making her comeback into Ireland women’s performance squad after a massive three-year gap.
Cricket Ireland, on Friday, confirmed the update. McCarthy is 26 years old and made her debut for the Irish national side in 2010. She has 74 caps for Ireland. It is interesting to note that she took a break from international cricket in order to complete her studies. She was studying for a Masters of Diagnostic Radiography in Edinburgh.
Carrie Archer, who chairs Ireland women’s national selection, said that the squad Louise left was different as compared to the current side and the experience that she will bring with her re-inclusion would be valuable. She added that “Her time in Scotland included playing cricket for Durham and at club level, so we have been monitoring her performance over the last few years and feel her addition to the squad will not only be of benefit to the team on the field but will certainly be able to share her knowledge and experience with the younger players off the field”.
Speaking on her re-inclusion, McCarthy said that “Returning to the Irish squad wasn’t something I had completely written off, but my studies had become the priority. Then I was lucky enough to play for Durham last season in their 50-over and 20-over competitions, and that experience reinstated my fire for cricket. Playing with top quality players and against tough opponents, week-on-week was something I realized I missed”.
She added that she was honored to be included in the side. Moreover, she was familiar with the faces and there were few old alibis in the setting as well. She appreciated the head coach of the side and says that Ed Joyce has been approachable and accommodating. Interestingly, she has worked in health services as a radiographer.
The head of the side Ed Joyce was relieved to have her players training. On the addition of McCarthy, she says that “Louise’s addition to the senior squad is a boost for us all ahead of what will be an important period for this side. Her influence and enthusiasm have been felt by her teammates already, and she returns to the set-up understanding the challenge ahead.”
McCarthy credits her arrival at the International stage to Irish Legend Miriam Grealy whom she dismissed in a club game in 2010. Grealy was a national selector and weeks later McCarthy got her call. McCarthy has a brother in the national side as well. Her inclusion is expected to sharpen the Irish lineup which looks to prepare for the world cup qualifiers.
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