Miriam Grealey

Born 27th December 1965 in Donegal, former Test and ODI captain for Ireland, Miriam Grealey. She remains the only Test captain of Ireland.

Miriam played in Ireland’s debut ODI against the Australians in June 1987 and ended 79 matches later at the World Cup in 2005, also against the Australians, in a career that spanned eighteen years. It included appearances at four World Cups, two of which she captained.

In 2001 she led the Ireland team to victory in the European Cup, managing to beat England in the final.In numbers, those 79 ODI matches included 1412 runs, along the way becoming the first Ireland woman to pass 1000 ODI runs. Her highest score, 101, was the second century scored by an Ireland player.

In 2000 Miriam led Ireland in their first (and at this stage, only) Test match, against Pakistan in Dublin. Ireland won by an innings and 54 runs.Post her playing career, Miriam has been manager, coach and selector. In February 2020 she stood down as National Selector, ending 40 years of service to the national team. In 2017 she was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the MCC. 

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