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Murtagh in the frame to take on Australia

By Ian Callender

The Ireland selectors met yesterday to pick a 13-man squad for the one-day international against world champions Australia at Stormont on August 27.

Despite suffering three defeats at the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament last month, they still achieved the main objective of making the first stage of the finals in India next March and the 11 who played against England, in the last ODI three months ago, were again the first names on the squad list.

They will be joined by Tim Murtagh, who missed the game at Malahide through injury, and Max Sorensen is expected to complete the squad, as his batting is just as useful as his bowling in the one-day arena.

The game may be still 16 days away but Niall O'Brien and Gary Wilson are both in form, helping their county sides to victory yesterday. O'Brien hit 87, his second half century of the match, as Leicestershire claimed only their second championship win in three years and Wilson saw Surrey home in a three-wicket victory over Essex with 56 not out from 55 balls, including seven fours and two sixes.

John Mooney is the only member of that Ireland team involved in the three-day inter-provincial championship game which started at Stormont yesterday but neither he nor Sorensen got to the middle as Leinster Lightning finished on 73 for one.

Only 29 overs were possible, exclusively in the afternoon, with John Anderson and Fintan McAllister making light of a square which saw 30 wickets fall for just 271 runs in the previous two days.

They put on 52 for the first wicket against a pace attack of Phil Eaglestone, Robert McKinley and Shane Getkate but the introduction of James Cameron-Dow ended the stand, having McAllister caught low at slip.

Scores: Leinster Lightning 73-1 (29.1 overs, J Anderson 45 not out) v Northern Knights. Continues today at 11am.

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