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Johnston back in ODI squad

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September 12, 2011

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Trent Johnston has recovered from a knee injury and will play the ODIs against Canada © AFP
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Trent Johnston has recovered from a knee injury and has been named in a full-strength Ireland squad for their upcoming ODI's against Canada that will be played at Clontarf next week. Boyd Rankin, Niall O'Brien and Ed Joyce, the three players who missed the Intercontinental Cup game against Namibia because of their county commitments, are also back in the side for the two one-dayers on September 19 and 20, as is captain William Porterfield. Kevin O'Brian led the team against Namibia in Porterfield's absence.

Johnston has suffered through an injury plagued season, but took a cortisone injection two weeks ago and said his knee has felt a lot better since then. "I've a lot more mobility, and I'm due to start bowling again in the nets tomorrow while the I-Cup game is going on. I'll be building up my workload as the week progresses, and I'd be pretty confident of playing next week.

"Having said that, I'll probably still have the operation on my knee on the 29th of this month. If that goes to plan, I'll be back in full training in December ahead of the tour of Kenya and the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in UAE in mid March."

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said the return of Trent gives the side a boost. "I like experience in my squad as everyone knows, and it's no surprise that it's the World Cup squad, with the exception of Andre Botha," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said. "We've been boosted by the return of Trent, who always gives the squad a lift by his very presence."

Ireland take on Canada in a four-day game that starts on September 13.

Ireland ODI squad: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert Van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson


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Posted by Andrew on (September 14, 2011, 0:42 GMT)

The 2nd string Ireland side is easily accounting for Canada after Day 1!

Posted by Andrew on (September 13, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

And then I see that all three players mentioned in my previous post are playing for their counties today rather than in Ireland's four-dayer which clearly makes sense, as does reading the article properly before commenting in future!

Posted by Andrew on (September 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

No place for Hamish Marshall once more, presumbably due to the still miserly Gloucestershire having a game at the same time as Ireland rather than his recent form lapse. Joyce and Niall O'Brien didn't have a problem being released by their counties. It would have be amusing if Will Porterfield was still at Gloucestershire, and he was released to play and Marshall wasn't. Either way, it would be nice to see Marshall playing in the one dayers against Canada next week.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 12, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

Great news, I hope Ed and Niall etc are fit for the four day game, would love to see what Ed can do in the longer form of the game :D...

Posted by Andy on (September 12, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

Hooray!!!! Lets just hope the weather allows the games to go ahead. GO MY IRISH BROTHERS!!!

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