Ireland v Australia, ODI, Stormont June 11, 2012

Murtagh included in Ireland squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Murtagh, the Middlesex seamer, has been named in Ireland's squad to face Australia in the one-day international at Stormont on June 23. Niall O'Brien has also been recalled after missing the World Twenty20 Qualifiers having chosen to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, but has not been guaranteed a starting place by the coach Phil Simmons.

Murtagh, who qualified for Ireland in February, was not included for the T20 Qualifiers in the UAE and so is in line for his international debut against Australia. He is enjoying a productive season for Middlesex in the County Championship with 32 wickets at 25.09. His inclusion will help cover for the absence of Boyd Rankin, the Warwickshire pace bowler, who is continuing his recovery from a foot injury. Murtagh is one of the eight county-based players in the 13-man squad.

"Although Tim Murtagh hasn't played for Ireland yet, he's been bowling superbly for Middlesex so that will soften the blow of losing Boyd," Simmons said. "Max Sorensen and Trent Johnston were fantastic in the UAE so we have plenty of options in the squad having so many allrounders. I've been following the English based players and there have been some fantastic performances from them at various stages this season."

Meanwhile O'Brien, who plays for Northamptonshire, has a chance to restart his international career. In his absence Gary Wilson, who is on the Surrey staff, was the wicketkeeper-batsman and Simmons has said that O'Brien cannot just expect to walk back in the side.

"There's no doubt he's among the best 14 players that Ireland have, but Gary Wilson did superbly in the UAE, so Niall knows he's going to have work hard and be at his best to regain the gloves."

Looking ahead to the contest against Australia, Ireland's latest chance to take on a Full-Member opposition, Simmons recalled the match two years ago when Ireland pushed Australia close.

"We had a great opportunity to beat them two years ago and threw it away," he said. "We've learned from that and are two years more experienced now - I'd back us to win that game at this stage given the same chance. These games are the sort of fixtures we've been crying out for and hopefully there will be many more of them in the coming years."

The squad will be captained by William Porterfield and also includes Sussex's Ed Joyce, Somerset's George Dockrell, who has impressed in the Championship this season, and Kevin O'Brien who has recently signed with Somerset for the Friends Life t20.

Squad William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

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  • Joe on June 14, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    All the best Ireland Cricket!

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    gud wishes for ireland but keep n mind its austerlia hope to see a close match.....

  • Virendra on June 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Can somebody advice if we can see this match live in India or some link where this will stream?

  • Peter on June 12, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Can't wait. Hope for good weather. @Sanga_cricketfan : what a team it is. Just wish Boyd Rankin was fit.

  • Masud on June 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    I think UK players have a good chance to play for Ireland, if they are not picked from England. In this case, Ireland would become a very good team. However, they need sponsor for that. This is the main problem of Ireland and Holland. On the other hand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are in better place of people support.

  • associate cricket fan on June 12, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    my team 1. porterfield 2.stirling 3.joyce 4. N O brien 5 G. wilson 6.K O brien 7. A. cusack 8. Mooney 9. johnston 10. dockrel 11. murtagh Aussies squad will look little weak because of no ponting and hussey. so if ireland can get clarke, watson and warner(although he is inconsistent but can dangerous at times) earlier then ireland will have a chance of winning.

  • Sachit on June 12, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Months ago there was a news about former NewZealand test Cricketer Hamish Marshall's selection in Ireland team. Infact he was one of the probables selected for world cup 2011. But later he could not make it in the main squad due to some eligibility criteria by ICC. Is is completely out of Ireland's scheme of things now?

  • Andrew on June 12, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Good fixture, & Ireland have a big chance of beating Oz. Historically Oz struggle in one offs against Ireland & Scotland in the UK.

  • david on June 11, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    well i suppose it makes a change from england to ireland. but then i suppose some folks might not see it that way.

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    If Ireland manage to beat Australia then their future in Cricket looks very exciting. All the best wishes to Ireland in that game, love to see more International Teams competing at the top level.

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