John Walsh: We need to think about Kevin O'Brien

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Watching Kevin O'Brien wallop England's bowlers all over Bangalore on Wednesday, what went through England captain Andrew Strauss's mind? Was he thinking, "How can an unknown Mick come from nowhere to upset the might of England?" It's unlikely.

O'Brien made his debut when Ireland played their first one-day international against England in 2006. O'Brien went in to bowl first, and took a wicket with his first delivery. The batsman was caught at square leg for a duck. His name? A.J. Strauss.

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