Ireland in England 2017 April 18, 2017

Rankin out of England ODIs; Kevin O'Brien and Stirling return

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Boyd Rankin won't be part of Ireland's ODIs against England © Peter Della Penna

Pace bowler Boyd Rankin has been ruled out of Ireland's two one-day internationals against England next month but Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling have recovered from their recent injuries.

Rankin, who played one Test, seven ODIs and two T20Is for England between 2013 and 2014 before resuming his career with Ireland, is suffering from a back problem which kept him out of the recent matches against Afghanistan. Ireland will also be missing 21-year-old legspinner Jacob Mulder due to a back problem.

Kevin O'Brien injured his hamstring during the one-day series against Afghanistan but is now able to resume his spot in the middle order, while Stirling has recovered from a finger injury which kept him out of the Intercontinental Cup match against the same opponents.

The series marks Ireland's first one-day internationals on English soil, with matches at Bristol and Lord's, and begins a busy month for Ireland who then take part in a tri-series involving Bangladesh and New Zealand in Dublin.

"There's no doubt that the games against England will be tough but we've got some hard cricket under our belts this past few months and that will stand us in good stead for the challenges that await," Porterfield said. "We're all determined to do well, and while we'll certainly respect England, there's absolutely no fear factor there."

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  • ram4fr9677970 on April 20, 2017, 9:57 GMT

    ECB should help and include Ireland and Scot into county cricket. or Arrange top country team play with them regularly to give some exposure to them. See India helped Bangladesh to get test status and offered a home stadium to Afgan in India. But what ECB done for Irish and Scotish cricket?.

  • John on April 20, 2017, 9:18 GMT

    Sounds no worse than some other ideas stargazer. I'm hopeful for the medium term future of Gloucester btw. We had 7 academy graduates in the side at the weekend, could easily have been 8. they are decent county professionals, and hopefully one of the younger ones (Hankins) might go on to play for England one day. it seems to me that we are getting a bit stronger every year so i hope we wouldn't be division 3 fodder.

  • Mark on April 19, 2017, 17:26 GMT

    Hi LondonGlos, apparently the feeling is that the reduction in the Championship this year is the first step in a move to a 3-division Championship with 10 matches each over 5 days (restoring the home and away balance). You'll remember though from 2015 that there was an alternative proposal to go to 3 divisions of 7 (i.e. 12 games each, 6 home, 6 away), promoting at least one Minor County to First Class status and adding and two of Ireland, The Netherlands and Scotland, with Division 3 likely to be semi-professional. At the time, the 3x7 proposal was quite popular, as it offers some to the Associates, something to the Minor Counties and allows your Leicestershires, Glamorgans & (dare I say it) Gloucestershires some weaker opposition that makes promotion a far more plausible target. The 3x6 option, with 1 up - 1 down will condemn some county sides to ever-lasting third class status and financial ruin, with little chance of escape.

  • nerney1414745 on April 19, 2017, 12:22 GMT

    @LONDONGLOS I heard a rumor, now bare in mind a rumor, that something like this was discussed by ECB over the Winter. ECB wanted to add a third division to the county championship to ease fixture congestion (which makes sense as 10 teams in div 2 is simply too many). Three divisions of 7 was the idea but this would mean the supposed division 3 would be short 3 first-class teams. They discussed the possibility of adding Ireland and Scotland to the mix. Ireland could send a Leinster and Ulster first-class team and Scotland could do something similar. Whether something comes of this in the next few years who knows, but I'd be all for it.

  • nerney1414745 on April 19, 2017, 12:14 GMT

    @ZAHID_ROAR_OF_TIGERS I am Irish! Unfortunately I am very much in the minority being a big cricket fan, especially coming from a non-cricketing background. You're right though and as has been mentioned, cricket is way behind rugby, soccer, Gaelic football and hurling in terms of fan-base/participation numbers/teams/funding. Not to mention individual sports after that. In saying this the game is certainly growing and has the capacity to become much bigger here. Looking forward to testing ourselves against you Tigers during the tri-series!

  • chatfo2917686 on April 19, 2017, 12:03 GMT

    If Ireland played in the county championship it would be as a county, because it is a county championship. A county side can't discriminate against an ethnic group. Because of past discrimination against the Irish they are treated as separate ethnic group. That means an Ireland side in the championship couldn't legally restrict it's team to players qualified for Ireland. Even if there was a will from ECB, there is no way they could get round that.

  • John on April 19, 2017, 8:37 GMT

    Could a way be found for Ireland to play in the county championship? It would give them good first class experience and could only help develop a decent squad. Lots of obstacles i know, but where there's a will there's a way.

  • zahidur on April 19, 2017, 6:29 GMT

    @ ourman: your words sound interesting. you were talking with "we view point". that makes me curious to know, are you an Irish? it is really good for the game if genuine Irish people start following cricket with little bit of passion. as far as i know, ireland people follow cricket as much as we follow rugby/baseball here in Bangladesh.

  • Olivier on April 19, 2017, 6:25 GMT

    Wish they'd pick at least a young batsman besides Balbirnie. I understand there's little depth but maybe just go out on a leg and pick a promising U19's player. As for the bowling the less said the better, bowling has rarely been up to scratch. Dockrell needs to find his old form and the seamers need to learn how to bowl it seems. Going at 8 runs an over isn't unusual for this lot. Hopefully there'll be some bowling friendly pitches as that seems their only hope as if a batting paradise emerges wouldn't be surprised if England beat their 444 against Pakistan.

  • nmehal0608822 on April 19, 2017, 5:37 GMT

    very heart breaking to see such a wonderful country deprived of competitive FC cricket.frivket is really bogged down by other sports in england and ireland and ICC is doing nothing to help them.

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