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Peter O’Mahony is fast emerging Authentic Panthers Womens Jersey as the surprise frontrunner to lead the British & Irish Lions in Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand. The Irish back-row forward captained the touring side to victory over the NZ Maori last weekend and the management say they have no qualms about him leading the Lions out at Eden Park.O’Mahony’s name is in the frame because Sam Warburton and Alun Wyn Jones, both previous Lions Test captains, are struggling to make the starting XV. The other two midweek Lions captains on this tour, Ken Owens and Rory Best, have also been overtaken at hooker by Jamie George, leaving O’Mahony and Owen Farrell as the next two realistic candidates for the role.If such a selectorial game of musical chairs gives rise to questions about the dilution of the international game in a money-chasing sardine-tin of a schedule, it does at least, on a practical level, give Morgan and the coaching staff a closer look at some of the next best white-ball cricketers as they dust themselves down from a campaign that started so promisingly before the slap round the face that was an eight-wicket defeat by the eventual winners.And so while ticket-holders for Southampton, Taunton and Cardiff this week may have raised an eyebrow when a semi‑skimmed England squad was named, they may yet be able to say they were there at the start of a great career as five uncapped players – Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Mason Crane, Tom Curran and Craig Overton – are given a chance to impress.At 29 Malan is the elder statesman among them and, despite Andy Flower, the Lions head coach, consistently pushing the Middlesex left-hander’s case behind the scenes after a glut of Authentic Giants Womens Jersey runs for the second string in the last two years, only one call-up has come along, when he went unused in a Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka last summer.O’Mahony also captained Ireland to wins over the United States and Canada in 2013 and has won 40 caps for his country. He secured his tour place with an excellent performance in Ireland’s Six Nations win over England in Dublin in March and has clearly impressed the Lions’ management. “He’s one of those players you watch, then you watch again and see the significance he has on a game,” said the forwards coach, Steve Borthwick. “He does the things that need to be done but aren’t necessarily spectacular. He’s a quiet man but when he speaks people listen. I’ve been hugely impressed by him as a player and as a leader.”Gatland made clear when he appointed Warburton as tour captain that it did not necessarily guarantee the Welshman a starting Test place. A strained ankle in the opening match here has restricted Warburton’s playing opportunities but he is in line to feature in the first Test off the bench. “Sam, by his own admission, will tell you he might have been a little rusty at the start but he’s getting better and better every day,” said Farrell.In Australia four years ago the Lions also ended up using two different Test captains, with Jones leading the side in the series-clinching third Test victory in Sydney. Leigh Halfpenny, meanwhile, is continuing to go through the required return-to-play protocols after taking a bang to the head against the Maori but Farrell says the Wales full-back remains on course to face the All Blacks.The experience is one he looks back on with fondness and would consider repeating but after Pakistan’s captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, used his Champions Trophy victory speech on Sunday to call for touring countries to return following an eight-year hiatus – an ICC World XI is to tour the country this September – Malan remains cautious. “Everything went smoothly. We got in and out safely and the game was a fantastic spectacle. To win a Twenty20 tournament was a fantastic experience.


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