[caption id="attachment_710101" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-710101" alt="Ireland skipper William Porterfield Getty Images " src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Porterfield.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Ireland skipper William Porterfield Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Ireland" target="_blank">Ireland </a>captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/William-Porterfield" target="_blank">William Porterfield</a> hopes a combination of local conditions and English county cricket experience will work in his side's favour when they make their Test debut at home to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Pakistan " target="_blank">Pakistan </a> later this week. Both the Ireland and Afghanistan teams were elevated to Test status last year, making them eligible for the five-day format. But it is Ireland who will become the 11th men's cricket Test nation when they face Pakistan in a one-off match starting in Malahide, near Dublin, on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>No side has enjoyed a victory in its first Test since Australia beat England in the foundation Test at Melbourne back in 1877 and it would be an upset were Ireland to get off to a winning start. Ireland, however, did spring a huge surprise when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, although that was in a ODI. <p></p> <p></p>But what encourages Porterfield ahead of Friday's game is that early season conditions in Ireland, which can aid swing bowling and present a particular challenge to batsmen, could prove tough for a Pakistan side brought up on slower, lower and more spin-friendly pitches in the sub-continent. <p></p> <p></p>Pakistan, however, have been acclimatising with two warm-up matches against English county clubs Kent and Northamptonshire. <p></p> <p></p>"It's in Ireland, it's in May, so it's in our own conditions," Porterfield told the Irish Independent. "Historically, when subcontinental teams come to conditions like those, it has taken them a bit of time to adjust," he added. <p></p> <p></p>Porterfield is also one of several players in the Ireland squad to have played first-class county cricket giving them high-level experience of a long-form game, albeit that County Championship matches last for a maximum of four days rather than five. <p></p> <p></p>"You face Test bowlers in Championship games in England, and in white-ball cricket," said Porterfield, a former Gloucestershire and Warwickshire batsman. "The biggest difference I found is that they are just a bit more relentless, they don't give you as many bad balls," he added. "Scoring opportunities are few and far between; you've got to be ready to capitalise when they miss that length. It's the same when you're bowling against top players: They put you under a lot of pressure; you don't have any margin for error. But all our batsmen have scored runs against those attacks, and all our bowlers have taken wickets against those batters," concluded Porterfield.