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Waiting his turn: James McCollum
Waiting his turn: James McCollum

By Ian Callender

The Ireland selectors met last night, as planned, to confirm the 14 players who will be involved in the remaining games of the Tri-Series with the West Indies and Bangladesh.

They got no clues yesterday as rain lashed Dublin for most of the morning and the third game, between Ireland and Bangladesh at Malahide, was formally abandoned shortly after 2pm.

Of the 14 selected for the first three games of the summer - including the ODI against England last week - James McCollum and Andy McBrine did not get a game, so they should hold on to their places, and McCollum will be expected to make his first appearance tomorrow when Ireland play the West Indies back at Malahide, when there is a much better forecast.

The reason for selecting only for the first three games was that Ireland Wolves were in action on Sunday, a squad made up by the next 13 best players, all pushing for a call-up. That strength was underlined by the result, which saw the Wolves beat a Bangladesh side missing only three of the players who would defeat the West Indies by eight wickets two days later.

McCollum was the batting star with 102 from 109 balls, and Simi Singh, who played all five one-day internationals in the recent series against Afghanistan in India, also staked his claim for a recall with 91 runs and four wickets. But with McBrine selected ahead of him as the second spinner and unused in the first two games, it would be a harsh call to dispose of the North West Warriors captain.

Jack Tector and James Shannon, both batting in the top three, missed the chance to impress, and the middle order of Harry Tector and Shane Getkate were also out cheaply.

Of the three internationals who formed the pace attack, there was not much to choose between Tyrone Kane, Craig Young and Peter Chase, sharing four wickets and an economy rate of four but probably not enough to dislodge Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh, Josh Little or even Barry McCarthy.

Yesterday's abandonment gives Ireland their first two points of the series and puts Bangladesh to the top of the table with six, after their win over the West Indies.

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