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Ireland and Scotland announce squads for HPP tour of Australia and New Zealand

Ireland include Alex Cusack in its 18-man squad; Preston Mommsen to lead Scotland for the tour

Ireland and Scotland announce squads for HPP tour of Australia and New Zealand - Cricket News
Scotland and Ireland will play local sides in Australia and New Zealand as part of its preparations for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. © Barry Chambers/Cricket Ireland
Ireland and Scotland announced squads for the tour of Australia and New Zealand as part of its preparations for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on Monday (September 15).

Ireland included 33-year old Alex Cusack, who has been out of action since May, and Peter Chase in the 18-man squad for its eight matches on the tour - four apiece in Australia and New Zealand.

“Alex Cusack has been one of our best limited overs bowlers in the last six years,” said Phil Simmons, Ireland’s head coach. “Although he’s been out of competitive action since early May the plan was always to take him on tour as long as he had recovered from injury.

“He has been in a long period of rehabilitation and is fit to train now.  He will be back training and bowling this week and part of his continued rehabilitation will be in Australia with the hope he is able to play towards the latter half of the tour in New Zealand,” he added.

With a wide variety of bowlers in the mix, Eddie Richardson, Graeme McCarter and John Anderson missed out on making it to the squad.

“Eddie Richardson and Graeme McCarter were unlucky to miss out and were very close to selection along with John Anderson,” added Simmons. “There are a lot of bowlers in the squad who are very similar to Graeme and Eddie and the selectors felt we needed something different.

Sussex captain Ed Joyce, who debuted for Ireland in 2006, was rested for the tour due to a persisting hip injury.

“Ed has had a number of niggling injuries over the summer as well as a long-term degenerative hip which he has been managing well for some years with the support of medical staff at both Sussex CCC and Cricket Ireland,” said Richard Holdsworth, Ireland’s Performance Director.

Meanwhile, Scotland will take on the Tasmanian Tigers and Queensland Academy of Sport XI’s before making the trip to New Zealand to play an Invitational XI and three New Zealand domestic first class sides.

Preston Mommsen, after playing a pivotal part in ensuring the side achieved qualification to the 2015 ICC World Cup earlier in the year, has been selected to lead the sideon the tour.

Ireland Squad:
William Porterfield (capt), (Warwickshire),  Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Durham), Alex Cusack (Clontarf),  George Dockrell (Somerset) , John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex),  Stuart Thompson (Eglinton) , Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).

Ireland Tour Fixtures:
30th September:  Ireland v The Bulls, Kerrydale Oval , Gold Coast
2nd October:  Ireland v The Bulls, Redlands Oval, Brisbane
7th October: Ireland v NSW 2XI,  ManukaOval, Canberra
9th October:   Ireland v NSW 2XI, ManukaOval, Canberra
16th October: Ireland v Northern Districts, Seddon Park, Hamilton
18th October:  Ireland v New Zealand XI, Seddon Park, Hamilton
21st October,  Ireland v Canterbury,  Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch, 10.30am
23rd Oct, Ireland v Otago, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch, 10.00am

Scotland Squad: Preston Mommsen (Captain), Kyle Coetzer, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Gordon Goudie, Michael Leask, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, Freddie Coleman, Matthew Cross, Hamish Gardiner, Majid Haq, Matt Machan, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Iain Wardlaw.

Scotland Tour Fixtures:
29 September: Tasmanian Tigers v Scotland, Kingston Twin Ovals, Hobart
2 October: Tasmanian Tigers v Scotland, Anzac Park, Hobart
9 October: Queensland Academy of Sport 2XI v Scotland, Scorchers CC, Maroochydore
15 October: New Zealand XI v Scotland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
17 October: Canterbury v Scotland, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
20 October: Invitational XI (Canterbury/Otago mix), 
22 October: Otago v Scotland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

You will be able to follow live scoring of all of the matches on the HPP Tour over the coming weeks on http://www.icc-cricket.com/.