Published: 12th January, 2020
Ireland may be coming to The Kia Oval in 2020 for their first ever ODI at the ground but what have their star players done here previously?
The country themselves have played one fully recognised T20I here – a 39 run defeat to Pakistan in the 2009 World Cup – but several of their players have enjoyed more time at our iconic old ground.
Stirling, a Middlesex player and therefore an arch rival for many years, was the forgotten man in the match you recently voted as Surrey’s Match of the Decade.
Without his hundred at the top of the order for our neighbours, Aaron Finch and Jason Roy wouldn’t have had the opportunity to let loose in the chase. Will he be the man to set something imposing for England’s powerful lineup to go after?
Wilson became something of a cult hero for Surrey fans during his stay in South London between 2010 and 2016 and even captained the Club through the 2014 season.
He scored 4871 runs and took 197 catches, mainly behind the stumps, while at Surrey and will be sure to get a good response from all Surrey Members in attendance on the day.
The big hitting all-rounder most widely recognised for the fastest World Cup century ever, against England back in the 2011 World Cup, also turned out for Surrey in 2013 and 2014.
He played 13 T20s, in the last year we made it to Finals Day, and one County Championship fixture.