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Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, Tim Murtagh storm into top 100

Kevin O’Brien, the 34-year-old Ireland all-rounder, has not only broken into the top 100 in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen, but gone all the way up to joint No.66 following his heroics in his country’s maiden Test match. Ireland’s historic foray into Test cricket ended in a five-wicket defeat, but more than one Irish cricketer proved that they belonged at the highest level. None more so than O’Brien, who hit the most runs for the team both times of asking – 40 and 118. The century in the second innings…