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Chance of seeing big guns turns to Ashes

By Ian Callender

Any Ireland supporter hoping to see Ashes heroes Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Alistair Cook, Graeme Swann and Ian Bell face Ireland in Dublin next week will be disappointed after England named a 14-man squad without any of their big names.

Although six of them have played Test cricket, pace bowler Steven Finn is the only one with recent experience, as England have chosen to rest all their stars.

Not one of the side which clinched a 3-0 Ashes victory at The Oval on Sunday has been named with England opting to go for one-day specialists Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler and Luke Wright, while Ben Stokes, James Tredwell and James Taylor will all be out to impress with an Ashes tour coming up in the winter.

As well as Boyd Rankin, there are call-ups for Michael Carberry, Chris Jordan, Gary Ballance, Danny Briggs and 19-year-old Somerset all-rounder Jamie Overton.Former Ireland international Eoin Morgan will captain the team, as he did on England's last visit, in 2011 when Taylor, Bopara, Stokes and Finn also played in the game which the visitors won by 11 runs.

Explaining the selectors' decision, chairman Geoff Millar said: "Following a very intense period of cricket we have decided to rest a number of senior players which will allow them to recover from a heavy workload and to prepare for the tour of Australia which begins in eight weeks.

"This creates an excellent opportunity for players who have impressed in county cricket and for England Lions to test themselves at international level as we build a squad ahead of the World Cup which is 18 months away."

England squad: E Morgan (captain, Middlesex), G Ballance (Yorkshire), R Bopora (Essex), D Briggs (Hampshire), J Buttler (Somerset), M Carberry (Hampshire), S Finn (Middlesex), C Jordan (Sussex), J Overton (Somerset), B Rankin (Warwickshire), B Stokes (Durham), J Taylor (Notts), J Tredwell (Kent), L Wright (Sussex).

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