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Ireland in triple header summer climax away to England


Mark Adair
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By Ian Callender

Ireland will be back in London next year to face England in a one-day international, but it will be at the Kia Oval rather than Lord's.

England yesterday released their schedule for the 2020 season and the last three one-day internationals will be against Ireland - at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday, September 10; Edgbaston, Birmingham two days later; with the Oval wrapping up the international summer on September 15.

The series is part of the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup in India when the 12 Full Members, plus the Netherlands, will each play three-match series against eight opponents, four home and four away.

Ireland's fixtures are against Bangladesh and New Zealand at home next summer, followed by England away. In 2021 they will play South Africa and Zimbabwe at home and Afghanistan and the Netherlands away, finishing in the West Indies early in 2022.

The top eight in the table qualify for the finals in India.

It will be Ireland's first game at the Oval since they played Pakistan at the T20 World Cup in 2009, the tournament which had started for Ireland with a victory against Bangladesh, when the Irish played their first three games at Trent Bridge.

It has been 14 years since Ireland last played at Edgbaston, in a pre-season friendly against a Warwickshire side which included a 17-year-old Moeen Ali.

Ireland's 2020 summer will be their busiest yet since becoming a Test nation three years ago.

They have only one Test match - against Bangladesh in May - but, as well as the ODIs against the Tigers and New Zealand, they will also play three Twenty20 internationals against both teams, followed by three T20Is against Afghanistan and two against Pakistan before they head to England.

Although the England games are the climax of the summer, the Ireland players will be hoping to travel to Australia the following month for the T20 World Cup. They can start planning for that if they make the top six at the qualifying tournament in the UAE in October/November. Those fixtures are due to be announced next week.

  • The Women's T20 World Cup takes place in Australia next year and to get there Ireland must reach the final of the qualifying tournament in Scotland, starting on Saturday week.

Ireland yesterday named a 14-woman squad, captained by Laura Delany and including key all-rounder Kim Garth, fully recovered from injury. Ireland will play a warm-up game against Papua New Guinea next Thursday, followed by group games against Namibia at Arbroath CC on August 31 and the Netherlands and Thailand at Forfarshire CC, Dundee on September 1 and 3.

The top two go through to play semi-finals against the other top two on September 5, with the final on September 7 in Dundee.

Ireland squad: L Delany (capt), K Garth (v/c), S Kavanagh, G Lewis, L Little, S MacMahon, L Maritz, L Paul, O Prendergast, C Raack, U Raymond-Hoey, E Richardson, R Stokell, M Waldron.

  • Cricket Ireland announced yesterday that Mark Adair has been awarded a central contract on the back of his six wicket haul on his Test debut at Lord's last month.

Adair dismissed England captain Joe Root twice and has 15 wickets in his nine ODIs, plus four in T20s. CI performance director Richard Holdsworth said it was "well earned".

  • Kevin O'Brien is fit to return to the Leinster Lightning side for today's Inter-provincial Cup match against North West Warriors at Balrothery (10.45am).

He replaces Peter Chase in the only change to the side which beat Northern Knights on Tuesday and another victory today will give them the 50-over title.

Lightning squad: G Dockrell (capt), A Balbirnie, S Doheny, G Delany, F Hand, T Kane, J Little, B McCarthy, K O'Brien, S Singh, J Tector, L Tucker

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