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Three into one battle for place in Down Under tour

By Ian Callender

Three Ireland players in the squad of 13 for this week's three-match one-day international series against Scotland in Malahide are competing for a single place in the pre-World Cup tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Ten of the squad have already been told they are heading Down Under in two weeks' time – the full squad will be announced at the end of the week – but the others are being asked to prove themselves 'undroppable' in the games against the Scots, today, Wednesday and Friday.

With Peter Chase, who took five wickets on his county championship debut for Durham last week, attending the weekend camp in Castleknock. and staying on for training in Malahide yesterday but not in this week's 13, Graham McCarter would appear to be the pace bowler under pressure.

Meanwhile, Civil Service North confirmed third place in the Premier League on Saturday with a seven wickets win over CIYMS and Academy won the Division Two title with a 138 runs win over Victoria. Rush completed a clean sweep of the All-Ireland youth trophies for Leinster, beating Waringstown in the Under-13 final at The Lawn by six wickets, despite Jack Carson scoring 84 not out in the Villagers' 143 for three.

England stand-in captain Eoin Morgan saved his best for last as his team completed the summer with a thrilling three-run win over India in the one-off NatWest Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston.

Morgan led from the front with a blazing 71 from 31 balls before England's bowlers denied Mahendra Singh Dhoni another of his famed finishing acts.

It was a success to offer relief to Morgan after he admitted his own poor form had let his side down during the recently-concluded 3-1 Royal London one-day international series.

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