Fresh faces have chance to impress Irish selectors
Published 18/07/2014 | 11:00
There is certain to be at least one new cap when Ireland face Sri Lanka A in the first of three one-day games at Stormont next Wednesday (10.45am). The selectors have chosen to rest Max Sorensen and John Mooney and with no fewer than nine of the team that lost to the first-choice Sri Lanka side in Clontarf in May unavailable it will, in effect, be a second string Ireland side.
Either CIYMS captain Chris Dougherty and North Down Nick Larkin is sure to get one of the opening batting slots, probably alongside John Anderson who plays his first one-day game since 2012. With Kevin O'Brien allowed to play in the Caribbean Premier League, Alex Cusack injured and the seven county professionals not released due to a full programme of T20 fixtures next week, Stuart Thompson is only survivor from Ireland's last game.
Andrew White, recalled for his first appearance since last year's Intercontinental Cup final, will become Ireland's most capped player but he has been overlooked for the captaincy which, without any sentiment, goes to Andrew Poynter who led eight of this squad in last week's one-sided Ireland A game against MCC.
In-form Gloucestershire pace man Graeme McCarter is the one county professional chosen but only for the first match. Uncapped Barry McCarthy replaces him for the games next Friday and Sunday at Stormont and Coleraine.
Meanwhile, Ireland Under-19s defeated the Netherlands by six wickets in their T20 game at Rathmines yesterday to win their Challenge Series 2-1. North Down's Peter Eakin blasted 74 from 48 balls out of Ireland's 139.
Ireland squad: A Poynter (Capt), J Anderson, A Balbirnie, P Chase, C Dougherty, N Larkin, A McBrine, G McCarter (replaced by B McCarthy for 2nd and third games), S Poynter, E Richardson, S Thompson, A White, C Young.