Cricket Ireland on Wednesday announced the limited-overs squad for next month’s home fixtures against South Africa. Ireland and South Africa will lock horns in three ODIs and three T20Is, beginning July 11.
The three-match ODI series forms part of the ICC World Cup Super League and will be played at Malahide. The T20I series will be split between Malahide and Stormont. The three ODIs will be played on July 11, 13, and 16, while the T20I series will be played with the 1st match on July 19, then July 22, and the last match on July 24.
Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, in an official release, said: “The World Cup Super League series against South Africa represents our first such fixtures on home soil, and while a tough challenge awaits, we are confident the squad we have selected provides Graham Ford and Andrew Balbirnie with plenty of options. The sustained improvement of George Dockrell’s batting has provided us solidity and experience in the middle order, while it has been great to see our bowling strike force performing well in recent IP50 matches and at the two recent T20 Festivals.”
Cricket Ireland Retains William Porterfield In The Squad Despite Poor Outing Against Netherlands
William Porterfield, the senior top-order batter, is also retained in the squad despite managing only five runs in two innings in the Netherlands.
“With the recent ODI retirement of Kevin O’Brien, the value of having the experience of William Porterfield in the set-up is as crucial as ever, and his recent form at inter-provincial level has demonstrated that he is still hungry to succeed,” he added.
William Porterfield’s T20I and Test average are poor by standards but his ODI average is slightly better at 30.34. In November 2019, an era in Ireland came to an end when William Porterfield announced that he was stepping aside from the roles of ODI and Test captaincy too after leading them in over 253 International games.
ODI squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
T20I squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
World Cup Super League ODI series
- 11 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st ODI (Malahide)
- 13 July: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd ODI (Malahide)
- 16 July: Ireland v South Africa, 3rd ODI (Malahide)
- 19 July: Ireland v South Africa, 1st T20I (Malahide)
- 22 July: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd T20I (Stormont)
- 24 July: Ireland v South Africa, 3rd T20I (Stormont)