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Ireland hand Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume maiden ODI call-ups

New faces in 14-man squad to take on New Zealand next month

Graham Hume was born in South Africa but has qualified to play for Ireland through residency  •  Sportsfile via Getty Images

Graham Hume was born in South Africa but has qualified to play for Ireland through residency  •  Sportsfile via Getty Images

Stephen Doheny and Graham Hume have been handed their first ODI call-ups for Ireland's series against New Zealand next month. Batter Doheny, the leading run-scorer in the Interprovincial T20 Trophy, was recently named in the T20I squad to face India, while South Africa-born seamer Hume won a retainer contract last month after qualifying for Ireland.
Andy Balbirnie will captain the 14-man squad. Of the players who were part of Ireland's most-recent 50-over engagement, a 2-1 series win in West Indies in January, William Porterfield has recently retired, while Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock and Ben White were omitted.
"Taking on the world's number one ODI side will always be a challenge, but with 30 World Cup Super League points on the line, this series becomes even more significant," Andrew White, chair of national men's selectors, said. "One-day cricket is the format we have performed most consistently in over the last few years, and despite the age profile of many in the squad being young, they have gained some important experience in recent times in finding ways of winning against top sides.
"With the recent retirement of William Porterfield, we've called up Stephen Doheny into his first ODI squad. Stephen has impressed coaches and selectors with his stroke play and is now starting to convert starts into defining and match-shaping innings' at inter-provincial and Wolves level. His form has warranted his call-up to both white-ball squads and we wish him well.
"It's likewise pleasing to see Graham Hume get his chance in the ODIs after repeated seasons of consistent form while he qualified to play for Ireland. Hume has demonstrated his accuracy and ability to extract bounce and movement in home conditions - we are hoping his knack of prising out early breakthroughs will translate to the higher level."
Ireland will play New Zealand in three ODIs at Malahide between July 10-15, with points for the World Cup Super League on offer. They will then play a T20I series against the same opposition in Stormont.
Ireland squad: Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young