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Ireland suffer O'Brien injury blow as the door opens for Anderson

By Staff Reporter

Niall O'Brien could be out of action for up to six weeks after suffering a Grade Two tear to his calf during Leicestershire's one-day game this week.

The Ireland wicket-keeper/batsman is definitely out of next week's ODIs against Sri Lanka and probably the five-match series against Afghanistan at Stormont, starting on July 10.

Cricket Ireland will name a batting replacement, expected to be John Anderson, on Monday.

Anderson captains Leinster Lightning in tomorrow's Inter-provincial Cup match against North West Warriors at The Hills (10.45am).

CI have ordered the Warriors to rest international all-rounder Stuart Thompson and he is replaced in the squad by Brigade captain Andy Britton. Eglinton professional Oraine Williams comes in for Marco Marais.

Squads: Lightning: J Anderson (capt), Yaqoob Ali, P Chase, G Dockrell, D Joyce, T Kane, E Richardson, S Singh, M Sorensen, J Tector, S Terry, L Tucker

Warriors: A McBrine (capt), R Allen, J Barnes, A Britton, S Campbell, R-L Dougherty, A Gillespie, D Hyatt, W McClintock, D Rankin, J Robinson, O Williams.

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