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Peter Chase called up by Wolves as injuries mount

 

By Ian Callender

Peter Chase is flying out to join the Ireland Wolves squad in Sri Lanka as a replacement for Barry McCarthy who is the latest player to leave the tour because of injury.

A week after Jack Tector injured his ankle in training, opening bowler McCarthy went over on the foot he fractured last year during the warm-up game, and with no improvement in recent days he is returning to Dublin for review and rehab.

It is a big blow for the former Durham professional - the 26-year-old was released at the end of last season - who was hoping to fight his way back into the senior squad following a disappointing T20 tri-series in Holland last June.

"Although our medical staff do not suspect a repeat of his previous injury, Barry is currently unable to bowl pain-free due to bruising around the area," said Wolves head coach Pete Johnston.

Chase was one of 12 current internationals not selected for the Wolves, but is certain to travel to Oman next month for a T20 tri-series before going on to India and the month-long tour against Afghanistan.

Explaining his call-up, chairman of selectors Andrew White said: "Although Peter has played a number of internationals of late, he is still inexperienced in the subcontinent, so we see this as a great opportunity for Peter to lead a relatively inexperienced attack in foreign conditions."

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