Ireland name squad for Australia ODI

Ireland have named a squad of 13 for the one day international (OD) against Australia at Stormont on 23 June.

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh has been named in Ireland’s squad. Murtagh, who qualified for Ireland in February, is yet to make his international debut.

Boyd Rankin misses out as he continues his recuperation from a foot injury.

“Although Tim Murtagh hasn’t played for Ireland yet, he’s been bowling superbly for Middlesex so that will soften the blow of losing Boyd,” coach Phil Simmons said.

“Max Sorensen and Trent Johnston were fantastic in the UAE so we have plenty of options in the squad having so many all-rounders.

“I’ve been following the English based players and there have been some fantastic performances from them at various stages this season.”

Niall O’Brien has also been recalled after missing the World Twenty20 Qualifiers having chosen to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, but has not been guaranteed a starting place by the coach Phil Simmons.

“There’s no doubt he’s among the best 14 players that Ireland have, but Gary Wilson did superbly in the UAE, so Niall knows he’s going to have work hard and be at his best to regain the gloves.”

On the challenge against Australia, Simmons said “They’re a quality side and it’s going to be extremely difficult.

“They’re preparing for five ODI’s against England and players will all be looking to cement their spot in the team. With Mike Hussey withdrawing that frees up a batting slot and their guys will all be keen to fill it.

“We had a great opportunity to beat them two years ago and threw it away. We’ve learned from that and are two years more experienced now – I’d back us to win that game at this stage given the same chance.

“These games are the sort of fixtures we’ve been crying out for and hopefully there will be many more of them in the coming years.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield is looking forward to the fixture.

“It’s going to be another fantastic occasion in Belfast as we take on Australia,” he said.

“We relish the opportunity to take on the top teams and they don’t come much bigger than the number one ranked team.

“We missed a great chance to beat them in Dublin in 2010 but we’re learning all the time and have gained more experience of getting over the finishing line as we showed against England in the World Cup last year.

“Playing in front of your home fans gives all the players a great buzz, and with a capacity crowd behind us we’ll be doing our level best to capture another Full Member scalp.”

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