Imagine a family of nine children in which four played cricket for their country with one going on to represent two countries in two consecutive cricket World Cups.
This is the story of Dublin-born left-hand batsman, Ed Joyce, with 233 runs the highest scorer for Ireland at this Cup. He had played the 2007 World Cup for England and returned to play for Ireland in 2011.
According to Joyce, his ranking in the cricketing family is on top but he still feels his siblings are superior to him. “Five of us play for Ireland. I am ranked No 1 in the family in terms of cricket and one of my sisters is captain of Ireland women’s cricket team. She is very good as well. Yes, I am on top in the family as a cricketer but not in terms of brain and other departments,” Joyce told HT in an interview at Seddon Park on Monday.
The Ireland No 3 batsman and former Sussex captain has no regrets for shifting loyalties twice in a span of four years.
“I played the World Cup for two different countries and that helped me a lot. I have played county cricket for Middlesex and Sussex for a long time. I played the 2007 World Cup for England. I think that was good experience. It went good for me and the team. But the most amazing experience was 2011 when I played with more freedom,” Joyce, 36, said.
Joyce’s wicketkeeper brother, Augustine, played for Ireland and another brother Dominick Ignatius also wore the national colours. His twin sisters, Cecelia Joyce and Isobela Joyce, are playing for the Ireland national team.
As for returning to the country of his forefathers for the 2011 edition in India, Joyce says: “That was the best cricketing decision I had ever made. I played my entire age group cricket for Ireland .I just wanted to contribute to Ireland cricket as the team started to improve.”
Joyce and his mates will face India on Tuesday, and he understands the importance of the match.
“If anyone scores against India, he will become the hero in his country. I think the Twitter followers will get nasty if I score a hundred in tomorrow’s match but India is a good team with experienced players and they are current champions. India have a very good bowling attack and a hundred against such bowlers will be a beauty,” said Joyce.