Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Ireland unchanged for Pakistan series

Phil Simmons' Irish squad will be looking for 'headline victories' this summer

Ireland have named an unchanged squad for their two-match one-day international series against Pakistan in Dublin later this month.

Coach Phil Simmons has kept faith with the squad that moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup with back-to-back wins over United Arab Emirates in March.

Pakistan will use the games as preparation for next month's Champions Trophy, but Simmons believes his side can spring an upset, saying: "We've always got a chance in our conditions."

He added: "We've turned in some strong performances in recent years, especially against England and Australia, and lost matches we should have won.

"We're getting stronger all the time and we'll be well prepared and try to put them under pressure from the start.

"There's a great atmosphere at Clontarf with the Irish fans behind us, and with a full house expected for both games, I'm hoping they can get us over the line against Pakistan.

"It's certain to be a great carnival of cricket over the two days. We know how important it is to keep the momentum going with Irish cricket and we'll be looking for headline victories in our marquee games this year."

Ireland's only 50-over success against Pakistan arrived at the 2007 World Cup - on St Patrick's Day - but they suffered a 2-0 home series defeat in Belfast two years ago.

They will be without all-rounder John Mooney for the opener on May 23, after he was banned following Twitter comments he made about the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The Ireland squad for the RSA Insurance ODI series: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

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