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Top draw: David Warner is heading to Belfast

Top draw: David Warner is heading to Belfast

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Top draw: David Warner is heading to Belfast

Five of Australia's World Cup winning squad will be in Belfast for the one-day international against Ireland on Thursday, August 27 as the fall-out from the Ashes continues

Steve Smith takes over the captaincy from Michael Clarke, who retires from all international cricket after the final Test next week and Brad Haddin has quit the ODI scene.

Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazelwood have been rested, Aaron Finch is injured and James Faulkner is suspended following a drink/driving offence.

But in David Warner, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc, plus Smith, they will still have a star-studded line-up which also includes former ODI captain George Bailey.

Also included is pace bowler Patrick Cummins who is one of five survivors from the team which played at Stormont in 2012. Cummins dismissed Paul Stirling just before rain ended the match after just 10.4 overs.

The new faces in the 14-man squad - which will return to play five ODIs against England - include opening batsman Joe Burns who smashed 14 sixes last week for Australia A in an innings of 154 during their tour of India.

Fast bowling all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is also in, while also promoted from the 'A' team are Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, wicket-keeper Matthew Wade plus Ashton Agar, who played for Australia A in Belfast in 2013 and is in line to make his ODI debut.

Australia squad: S Smith (capt), A Agar, G Bailey, J Burns, N Coulter-Nile, P Cummins, G Maxwell, M Marsh, J Pattinson, M Starc, M Stoinis, M Wade, S Watson, D Warner.

Meanwhile, one of the most pointless day's cricket ended at Stormont last night with the Northern Knights and Leinster Lightning playing out a tame draw in their Inter-Provincial Championship game.

Any hope of a positive result - and play - disappeared when the Knights' last three wickets survived the entire morning session, adding just 28 runs in the last 24 overs, after Max Sorensen claimed his sixth wicket of the innings, when he bowled Jordan McClurkin.

But James Shannon faced 196 balls for 68, his highest representative score of the season, and James Cameron Dow was last man out for 21.

With a sore ankle preventing Phil Eaglestone from bowling, Knights captain Lee Nelson felt he could not force the pace and his opposite number was content to take batting practice with a lead of just 12 and only 70 overs left in the day when they started their second innings.

There was still plenty of time for Fintan McAllister to reach 100 but he was caught behind for 92 just before the teams agreed the draw.

Result: Northern Knights (8 pts) drew with Leinster Lightning (9pts). Leinster Lightning 205 (70.3 overs, J Anderson 60, S Singh 55; J Cameron-Dow 3-35, S Getkate 3-41, R McKinley 3-78) and 209-4 (54 overs, F McAllister 92, J Mooney 67, J Anderson 38; R van der Dussen 2-2) Northern Knights 193 (86.2 overs, J Shannon 68, C Dougherty 37, R van der Dussen 24, J Cameron-Dow 21; M Sorensen 6-34, E Richardson 2-19, T Kane 2-52).

Belfast Telegraph