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Ireland slumped to a nine-wicket defeat to Australia in Benoni on Tuesday, the final defeat of disappointing 2016 for John Bracewell's side.
have been beaten by Sri Lanka (twice), Pakistan, South Africa and now
Australia in one-day internationals this year, with the only bright
point a 2-2 series draw at home to Afghanistan.
those two victories depended on two magnificent centuries from
38-year-old Ed Joyce, who missed this two-match tour to the highveld
of South Africa following knee surgery.
from David Warner, who
took a particular liking to 22-year-old Ireland pace bowler Peter
Khawaja (82*) and captain Steve Smith (59*) put on an unbeaten 126
for the second wicket to chase down Ireland's 198 all out with almost
20 overs to spare at Willowmoore Park.
Stirling slammed a 30 from 27 balls, including three boundaries in
four balls off Daniel Worrall, who was making his debut for Australia
is an Irish passport holder who Niall O'Brien tried to persuade to
play for Ireland.
well and kept his focus after several close calls to compile
a career-best 39, as Ireland progressed to 121-2 in the 24th
Ireland lost their last eight wickets for 77 runs as the middle order
to build on the strong start.
slump was summed up by a moment of doziness from Sean Terry, who went
walkabout following an lbw appeal on his first ball, took his eye off
the ball and was run out by a sharp throw by Smith.
"We got off to a great start but to lose three wickets in 8-10 balls isn't ideal," Porterfield said.
"So its obvious that we didn't get enough runs. The wicket was a little bit up and down and when we lost our way in the middle of the innings it meant that we weren't going to be able to come back from that against good sides.
"We feel that we have done a lot of good things in today's game, we need to be kicking on from 20s, 30s and 40s."