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Boyd Rankin looks set to miss out on England cricketers' clash with Ireland

By Ian Callender

Boyd Rankin is the notable absentee from the England squad for next week's one-day international against Ireland at Malahide.

The 30-year-old Bready and former Ireland pace man is having an injection on a recurring back problem next week but it doesn't seem to be affecting his current form with Warwickshire.

Just two hours after the squad was named, Rankin set new career best bowling figures for the second time this season, taking six for 55 against county champions Yorkshire.

Rankin was England's leading wicket-taker when the teams last met, at Malahide in September 2013, with four but he has played only six ODIs since then, the last 12 days after his sole Test against Australia in January of last year.

Big Boyd's non-selection means he could still be available to play for Ireland at the World Twenty20 in India next spring, assuming England do not pick him for any of this summer's international programme.

As it is, England are sending virtually a development side for the one-off ODI against Ireland, although another three of the squad currently in the West Indies will be added once the team for the final Test, starting on Friday, has been selected. Johnny Bairstow is included in the first XI named.

The pace bowling, however, is already the most experienced part of the team, with Tim Bresnan (76 ODIs) and Steven Finn (56) both included. The side is captained by Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor, who made his ODI debut against Ireland in the rain-interrupted game at Clontarf in 2011.

Five of the squad - Kent wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings, Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory, Surrey's Zafar Ansari, Northants all-rounder David Willey and Hampshire batsman James Vince - have yet to represent England in any format while Surrey's Jason Roy has played only one Twenty20 international.

It may not be the most eye-catching squad - there have been plenty of complaints on cricket forums - but Ireland will have no excuses for not claiming a first ever home success over their nearest Test neighbours.

Meanwhile, Hanley Energy was unveiled yesterday as the new sponsor of the inter-provincial series on the day that all three teams named their squads for the first two games of the season, Northern Knights' 50-over Cup game against Leinster Lightning at Stormont on Friday and Knights' T20 Trophy game against the North West Warriors at the same venue on Monday.

All three captains are unchanged from last season with Andrew White leading the Knights, who will include CI professional Rassie van der Dussen as the non-Irish-based player in their Cup games this season.

John Mooney is one of eight internationals in the Lightning squad which also features uncapped Eoghan Delany, the Clontarf captain, and Pembroke's Fiachra Tucker.

Andy McBrine has been named as captain of the Warriors team although if he plays it will be his first match of the season, having missed last weekend's action because of a groin injury.

McBrine, one of four internationals in a 13-man squad, hopes to prove his fitness ahead of the ODI four days later.

Squads: England: J Taylor (capt), Z Ansari, J Bairstow, S Billings, T Bresnan, S Finn, L Gregory, A Hales, J Roy, J Vince, D Willey.

Northern Knights: A White (capt), James Cameron-Dow, C Dougherty, P Eaglestone, P Eakin, S Getkate, N Gill, N Jones, G Kidd, L Nelson, J Shannon, G Thompson.

Leinster Lightning: J Mooney (capt), J Anderson, Yaqoob Ali, K Carroll, E Delany, T Kane, F McAllister, K O'Brien, A Poynter, E Richardson, M Sorensen, F Tucker.

North West Warriors: A McBrine (capt), A Austin, C Averill, D Barr, R Chopra, R-L Dougherty, R Hunter, G McCarter, G McClintock, W McClintock, D Rankin, S Thompson, C Young.

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