Joyce relishes 'pinch me' moment

10 May 2018 08:00:57 EST

Veteran batsman Ed Joyce is determined to enjoy the moment that he steps on to the field to play for Ireland in their inaugural Test match against Pakistan.

The 39-year-old left-hander has played in 78 one-day internationals and 18 T20 internationals, having represented both his homeland and England on the international stage.

We've got to enjoy the occasion regardless of what's happening in the game.

Ed Joyce

However, he is now preparing for a very different challenge as he gets ready to face Pakistan in the first-ever Test match for the Irish men's team, which starts in Dublin on Friday.

Joyce told reporters: "It will be an incredible feeling - I don't really have that long left in my career, so to finally get a Test match is fantastic.

"My first international appearance came in 1997 and I never thought I'd play a Test match for Ireland, so it's a great feeling.

"Ireland were nowhere near Test status when I was with England, so to get here now is a 'pinch me moment'.

"I think the biggest thing for us is the occasion. I think we'll control it pretty well, but we've got to enjoy it.

"We've got to enjoy the occasion regardless of what's happening in the game I think, because these things only come around once."

Ireland, who will be skippered by William Porterfield, have been forced to make a late change to their squad, with Craig Young drafted in to replace injured seamer Nathan Smith.

The hosts are priced at 18/1 to win the Test match against Pakistan at Malahide, with the draw available at 11/10, while Joyce is 7/2 to be his side's top 1st innings batsman.

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