Ross Adair is in line to make his Twenty20 debut for Northern Knights in the first inter-provincial of the season next week against North West Warriors after being chosen in a provisional 16-man squad for the six-match series.
The squad will be reduced to match-day panels of 13 but Adair, whose latest big-hitting pyrotechnics produced 92 runs from 38 balls for Civil Service North against Carrickfergus on Saturday, is the player in form.
His brother, Mark, is one of 11 internationals the Knights selectors can call upon including Paul Stirling, who will be available for only the opening game at Bready on Thursday-week.
Harry Tector, another of the heroes of Southampton last week, will again play for the Knights this year along with David Delany, hopefully fully fit, while South Africans Ruhan Pretorius, Josh Manley and CJ van der Walt, all Irish qualified, are also included.
Tector’s younger brother Tim, meanwhile, was the star of the show in the first Ireland Under-17 intra-squad game at Carrick yesterday, hitting 79 off 54 balls, including four sixes, as the Greens beat the Blues, for whom Wilhelm de Klerk smashed five sixes in his 39-ball 63, in the first of four games this week. The second commences at noon today.
Northern Knights T20 squad: M Adair, R Adair, J Cameron-Dow, D Delany, M Ellison, S Getkate, G McCarter, J McCollum, J Manley, J Mulder, R Pretorius, P Stirling, H Tector, G Thompson, CJ van der Walt, G Wilson.
Ireland U17 inter-squad scores: Greens 143-3 (T Tec tor 79, A Tonge 28) Blues 130-5 (W de Klerk 63, D Vincent 32; E Wilson 20-7) Greens won by 13 runs.
James Anderson has asked England to “keep faith” long enough to prove he is still a world-class operator rather than a great bowler inching towards retirement after a disappointing outing against Pakistan.
“It was one bad game and I’m sure I’ll have another bad game in my career. I just don’t want every time I have a bad game for there to be whispers going round that I’m going to pack in,” he said as eyes turned towards the second Test, starting at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.
“It’s been a frustrating week for me personally. I’ve not bowled very well and felt out of rhythm.
“Hopefully I can show people I’ve still got what it takes to play Test cricket. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the captain and coach keep faith with me for the next game.”