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Tim Murtagh returns to Irish panel for England's visit

Published 25/04/2015

Tim Murtagh has a hamstring injury
Tim Murtagh has a hamstring injury

Tim Murtagh, who missed Ireland's World Cup campaign, is back in the squad for the one-day international against England at Malahide on Friday, May 8.

Murtagh took three of the four England wickets in the last game between the teams two years ago and conditions should suit the swing bowler even better this time as it is so early in the season.

The Ireland selectors - like everyone else still waiting for the appointment of the national coach to succeed to Phil Simmons, an announcement is expected next week - have named 13 of the World Cup squad with Max Sorensen, who came in a replacement for Murtagh, and Peter Chase, who didn't get a game, the two to miss out.

Craig Young was the other player not selected for any of Ireland's six World Cup games in Australia and New Zealand, but after his impressive early season form for Sussex II and for Ireland A, against MCC at Lord's this week, when he took three early wickets, he was certain to retain his place in the squad - and as the only other regular opening bowler must have a great chance of playing his first match against a Full Member nation.

Only 14 players have been named because North West Warriors skipper Andy McBrine tore his groin in the game at Lord's and is in a race against time to be fit.

William Porterfield leads the team for the 159th time - 99 more than anyone else - and will become the fourth player to win 200 caps, behind Kyle McCallan, Andrew White and Kevin O'Brien who plays his 236th game.

Ireland squad: W Porterfield (capt), A Balbirnie, A Cusack, G Dockrell, E Joyce, A McBrine, J Mooney, T Murtagh, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, P Stirling, S Thompson, G Wilson, C Young

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