Ireland’s Ed Joyce has set a rare record after playing a 116-run innings against Pakistan. He has become the only second player in the cricket history to score ODI centuries for two different countries. Joyce had started his career from England, but after shifting to his ancestral country Ireland, he began representing the emerging cricket team.

[caption id="attachment_1177" align="alignright" width="300"]After England’s  Eoin Morgan, Ed Joyce is the only second player to score ODI centuries for two different teams (Photo: AFP) After England’s Eoin Morgan, Ed Joyce is the only second player to score ODI centuries for two different teams (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

In the second ODI at Clontarf, Dublin, he carved out a 116-run innings off 132 balls, studded with 12 fours and one six. His innings also helped Ireland set a target of 230 runs for Pakistan.

Joyce made his first century in February 2007 against Australia, when he entered the ground as an English batsman and scored 107 off 142, facing a strong bowling attack in the form of Glenn McGrath, Shaun Tait and Nathan Bracken. England claimed the match with a heavy margin of 92 runs because of the innings. Joyce was also named the man of the match.

Earlier, Eoin Morgan was the only batsman who held the unique record. Morgan scored the maiden hundred of his international career for Ireland against Canada in February 2007 in an ICC Cricket League Division 1 match. He scored 115 runs on 106 balls but his team could not win the match and Canada’s Ashish Bagai helped his side claim the match with a ton. Morgan scored another three centuries for England. In March 2010, he set the record of making ODI hundred for two teams, scoring 110 runs against Bangladesh at Dhaka.

Interestingly, both batsmen belong to Ireland. The only difference is that Joyce started his career for England and later shifted to his native homeland, whereas Morgan started as an Irish player, but now is a part of England’s strong squad.
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