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Rankin, Young and O'Brien back to take on Pakistan

By Ian Callender

Boyd Rankin, Craig Young and Niall O'Brien have been named in the Ireland squad for next month's one-day internationals against Pakistan in Malahide.

The trio all missed the recent series against Afghanistan through injury but although Rankin is not yet back in action for Warwickshire and Young has still to appear in the Bready or North West Warriors teams after surgery on his elbow, a squad of 14 has been named, unusually, three weeks out from the first of the two games.

And, indeed, Paul Stirling missed Middlesex's T20 game last night with a shoulder injury.

O'Brien has returned to action with Leicestershire and his experience, probably at first wicket down, with Ed Joyce in his new role at opener, will be invaluable against Pakistan.

Left out of the squad that drew the series 2-2 with Afghanistan are George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane and Sean Terry.

Ireland squad: W Porterfield (capt), J Anderson, P Chase, E Joyce, T Murtagh, A McBrine, B McCarthy, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, S Poynter, B Rankin, P Stirling, G Wilson, C Young.

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