|Full Name||Alex R. Cusack|
|Born On:||29 October 1980|
|Debut Match||June 2007 vs. Middlesex|
|Batting Style||Right Hand|
|Bowling Style||Right arm Medium-Fast|
|Career Best||130 v Scotland & 5-20 v Afghanistan|
Alex was born outside Ireland but of Irish parentage and therefore came to Ireland as the holder of an Irish passport. As such he quickly became eligible to represent Ireland and made his debut against Middlesex at what, as a Clontarf player, had become his home ground of Castle Avenue in June 2007.
Cusack also made a successful first class debut in August 2007, scoring 130 against Scotland in Belfast. The match saw a brilliant partnership between Cusack and Andre Botha for the sixth wicket which set a record for Ireland. It beat the team’s previous highest sixth wicket partnership broke the record established in 1896.
In 2009 he became one of the first holders of a professional Cricket Ireland contract alongside Trent Johnston. Then at the ICC World T20 in England, in which Ireland progressed to the super eights stage, Cusack almost helped his team to victory over Sri Lanka by taking 4/18 at Lord’s. His bowling figures were the best for Ireland in T20 International’s and he was nominated for this performance at the annual awards. Cusack is another of those who has represented Ireland over 100 times, with 120 caps to his credit as of the end of the tournament which saw Ireland qualify for the Twenty20 World Cup last March.
Cusack’s most important performance was surely against England at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, as he played the perfect foil to Kevin O’Brien in a most remarkable partnership of 162 runs in just 17 over. Kevin’s innings may have deservedly won the plaudits but Alex’s 47 was just as vital. To date Alex has scored 2113 runs with one century, 130 against Scotland in 2007. On the bowling front he has take 117 wickets, with one five wickets in an innings haul, 5-20 against Afghanistan in 2010. As though that was not enough he has also taken 48 catches. This makes him joint 9th top catcher with Simon Corlett.