Ireland Call Up James Shannon

Ireland players celebrate a wicket
Ireland have struggled so far in the Caribbean; Jams Shannon now joins up with the squad
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James Shannon has been called up to Ireland's squad as a replacement for John Mooney, who has returned home from the Caribbean.

Mooney has left the squad, which is currently preparing for its third match in the Nagico Super50, the West Indies' domestic 50-over competition, with a stress-related illness.

23-year-old Shannon has played 23 times for Ireland and the batsman is rated highly by Ireland's coaching team.

"James is an extremely talented batsman who is rated very highly by myself and the selectors," said national coach Phil Simmons said.

"He was part of our trophy winning ICC World Twenty20 squad in the UAE, and was unlucky to miss out in the original selection.

"Hopefully he'll take this opportunity to showcase his undoubted talent."

Ireland take on the Windward Islands on Friday (7h February) before staying in the Caribbean to play two Twenty20 Internationals and a One-Day International against the West Indies.

Shannon has played one ODI and one T20I for Ireland to date as well as four first-class matches including against the Netherlands in Ireland's successful 2013-14 campaign.

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