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Johnston back on one-day duty for Ireland's cricketers

By Ian Callender

Published 19/09/2008

Trent Johnston is available again to play in one-day internationals.

The former Ireland captain, as expected, was included in the 15-man squad for next month’s Inter-Continental Cup games but he will stay on and play a full part in the triangular ODI series against Kenya and Zimbabwe which immediately follow the four-day games against Namibia and Kenya.

National Coach Phil Simmons broke the news yesterday when announcing the squad for Africa which does not include Eoin Morgan but, otherwise, is Ireland’s strongest available line-up.

Johnston has not played 50-overs international cricket since the series in Bangladesh last March, citing injury and work commitments.

Morgan was asked about his availability but as he is due to leave with Middlesex for the Stamford Millions tournament in Antigua on October 16, he asked to be rested.

“I can understand that,” said Simmons. “Moggs has a few niggles and to leave county cricket on the 27th (of September) and then play two games for us and then go to Antigua is a big ask.”

Recalled to the squad is North County all rounder John Mooney, after a successful European A Championship, while Regan West, who made his debut in the last ODI of the summer, against the Kenyans at Stormont, retains his place.

It means there is no place for either Gary Kidd or Greg Thompson while Paul Stirling, Thinus Fourie and Reinhard Strydom also miss out.

Ireland face Namibia in Windhoek on October 3-6, Kenya from October 11-14 and the ODIs are on October 17, 18, 21 and 22.

Ireland squad: W Porterfield (capt), A Botha, P Connell, A Cusack, P Eaglestone, T Johnston, K McCallan, J Mooney, K O’Brien, N O’Brien, A Poynter, B Rankin, R West, A White, G Wilson.

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