Friday 17 January 2014 

Ireland Name Squad For West Indies Tour

Paul Stirling plays a shot
Ireland will play two ODIs and a Twenty20 International against the West Indies during their tour
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Ireland have named their squad for their upcoming tour of the West Indies where they will play in the region's domestic one-day competition and take on the West Indies in three matches.

They will compete in the Nagico Super50 before playing two One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International against the West Indies.

Bready fast bowler Craig Young is included in the squad which also sees a recall for batsman Andrew Poynter.

Experienced batsman Ed Joyce will travel with the squad but only feature in the internationals as Ireland look to manage his workload ahead of a busy period.

"Craig has been in Brisbane for the past eight weeks working with bowling coach 'Billy' McDermott," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

"The feedback from Australia on Craig and the other two guys - Graeme McCarter and Peter Chase - has been excellent. They've impressed everyone with their commitment and attitude, and they've all got big futures.

"We felt that Craig had the edge in terms of extra pace and that would be a useful asset in the West Indies. He also had a very successful debut against Scotland last year, when he took six wickets and bowled pretty hostile spells."

On Poynter's recall, Simmons said that he deserves another opportunity.

"Andrew has worked hard on all aspects of his game and the selectors felt he deserved another opportunity.

"He scored hundreds in both the RSA Irish Senior Cup final and the Inter-Provincial Series, so his domestic form has been top class."

Donemana all-rounder Andrew McBrine has been picked ahead of the more experienced Andrew White and Simmons explained his selection.

"Andrew McBrine continues to develop and is improving all the time, especially with his bowling. He's an intelligent cricketer and has the right attitude and attributes to succeed."

"Andy White is still in the frame for selection but we felt McBrine was a better option in the shorter format. Although we're playing in the Nagico Super50, the focus will be on preparation for the games against the West Indies and the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh."

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce (international matches only), John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

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