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Andy McBrine and Harry Tector get Ireland call for T20 World Cup qualifiers

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In form: Andy McBrine was man of the series against West Indies. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In form: Andy McBrine was man of the series against West Indies. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

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In form: Andy McBrine was man of the series against West Indies. Credit: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Andy McBrine and Harry Tector have been rewarded for their performances in the one-day internationals against West Indies with a place in the T20 squad for next month’s World Cup qualifying tournament in Oman.

McBrine was named man of the series after taking 10 wickets and scoring 128 runs, while Tector passed 50 in all three innings at an average of 79.

Tector lost his place in the T20 squad after scores of three and eight at the last World Cup in October, following on from single-figure scores in his previous four T20 games, although he has played 28 T20 internationals since his debut in 2019.

In contrast, McBrine has played only 23 T20Is since his first in 2014 and only one in the last five years. But, such is his form with the ball, he could not be ignored, even in the shortest format, and he replaces Ben White in the squad.

The other two to miss out are McBrine’s Donemana team-mate William McClintock and Neil Rock, who loses the wicket-keeping gloves to Lorcan Tucker after 13 consecutive T20Is, with his woeful batting record the main reason.

Seven is his second highest score, while Tucker playing as a specialist batsman and hit 57 and 84 against the USA last month.

Rock and White will travel as reserves for games against UAE on February 18, Bahrain on the 19th and Germany on the 21st.The top two go into semi-finals.

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 Squad: A Balbirnie (capt), M Adair, C Campher, G Delany, G Dockrell, S Getkate, J Little, A McBrine, B McCarthy, S Singh, P Stirling, H Tector, L Tucker, C Young. Reserves: N Rock, B White. 


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