Ireland have announced their squad for the one-off ODI against England on 3 May and for the first half of their Tri-Series involving Bangladesh and West Indies.
William Porterfield will once again lead the side, while the 14-man squad includes two players yet to make their ODI debuts in Lorcan Tucker and Josh Little.
“We have been delighted to watch the continued improvement of Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker – both of whom will now be in the running to make their debuts in one-day international cricket,” said Andrew White, Ireland’s chair of national men’s selectors. “Josh gives us that left-arm pace variation and he has continued to impress with some consistent performances – we believe he can transfer his T20 skills into the one-day arena.
“As for Lorcan, fans of Irish cricket have seen some stellar performances by him over the first few months of the year, most notably in Sri Lanka and La Manga. While he has been on our radar and around the senior squad in recent times, we’ve started to see greater confidence and consistency in his approach, and he is definitely one of those putting his hand up at the moment.”
Long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson has been recalled after missing Ireland’s Afghanistan tour due to suffering from a medical condition that affected his vision. He has currently played 99 ODIs and is in line to play his 100th.
Seamer Peter Chase has been dropped. He struggled in the T20Is which preceded the Afghanistan ODIs, and in a recent 50-over game for Leinster Lightning against Northern Knights was hit for 77 runs off seven overs.
Also left out were spinners James Cameron-Dow and Simi Singh, with Irish conditions favouring seam. Left-armer George Dockrell, who offers an all-round option, is the frontline slow bowler in the squad, while Paul Stirling can bowl part-time off-spin.
“We have chosen what we believe to be a squad that blends experience and youth, as well as rewarding form and consistency over recent months,” said White. “As a testament to the increasing depth of talent we have at present, there are numerous players who have been unfortunate to miss out on this squad.
“This is an incredibly busy period for the international men’s team, playing four Full Member sides over the next month. The selection of the squads was incredibly challenging, with a number of players returning from injury, and good form being displayed by several players in La Manga.
“We have also had the benefit of seeing a pool of established and emerging players playing competitive cricket over the winter – both in Sri Lanka with the Wolves, and in India for the Afghanistan series.”
Ireland will name their squad for the second half of the Tri-Series in due course, with those playing in an Ireland Wolves match against Bangladesh on 5 May having a chance to earn selection for the latter half of the series.
Squad: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson
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