Thursday 21 August 2014 

Kevin O'Brien To Captain Ireland Against Scotland

Kevin O'Brien plays a shot
Kevin O'Brien will lead Ireland when they take on Scotland next month
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All-rounder Kevin O'Brien will captain Ireland when they host Scotland for a three-match One-Day International series in Malahide next month.

O'Brien comes into the squad along with George Dockrell, John Mooney and Max Sorensen to add experience following a home series against Sri Lanka A.

However, with William Porterfield absent, O'Brien takes over the captaincy for the series, which sees matches played on 8th, 10th and 12th September.

Durham wicket-keeper Stuart Poynter keeps his place in the squad after scoring a century against Sri Lanka A.

"The focus now for the squad is very much geared towards World Cup preparation, and these three matches against Scotland are an important part of that," O'Brien said.

"There are still places up for grabs and everyone's working really hard to make sure they're part of what's sure to be a fantastic event.

"Scotland are ever improving over the last few years, and have a vibrant young squad mixed in with some experienced players, like Majid Haq and Richie Berrington.

"Like ourselves, they will be keen to use these games as preparation for the World Cup, but most importantly we both will be looking to win, so I expect these games to be tough and closely contested.  

"We've got a nice blend of youth and experience in our squad and it'll be great to meet up with them again for this series.

"There's more depth to our cricket now than ever before and a greater competition for places which can only be good for our cricket."

Ireland ODI squad: Kevin O'Brien (captain), John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, John Mooney, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Craig Young

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