Short Midwicket News: Bangalore
After his superb innings of 113, Kevin O'Brien was amazingly claimed by the evil English cricket team. Following in the footsteps of other Irish imports Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan and Terry Wogan; O'Brien was snatched by English supremo Giles Clarke.
Walking back to the pavilion after being run out for 113, Clarke grabbed O'Brien, and gave him a British passport. This means that purple-haired Kev's runs were added to England's score, meaning Ireland were chasing 440 to win, instead of 327. And without O'Brien's contribution, Ireland sadly fell 216 runs short.
England spokesman Johnny Bulldog said "Any Irish cricketer who does well is bound to play for us eventually, and we exploited the ICC loophole saying England can claim any Irish player to our effect. We just happened to exploit it during the game".
Speaking himself, O'Brien said "I came into the World Cup fully expecting to bow out at the bottom of the group. I'm glad I'll be able to fulfill my dreams with England".
Eoin Morgan was unavailable for comment.