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Joyce out of Ireland Tour to South Africa

Ireland's Ed Joyce out of tour to South Africa
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Ed Joyce will not be playing in the upcoming ODI series against Australia and South Africa in Benoni and Tim Murtagh will join the squad later next week after Middlesex's crucial county championship match against Yorkshire.

Joyce is replaced in the squad by Leinster Lightning batsman Sean Terry, who made his Ireland debut earlier this summer during the series against Afghanistan. Joyce, who turns 38 next week, will undergo minor surgery on a knee.
Cricket Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell said: "It's obviously a blow to lose someone of Ed's calibre, but Sean Terry is a batsman of undoubted promise,". "Given the likely pitch in Benoni, and the likelihood we will facing two majority pace attacks, the selectors felt that Sean was the logical replacement."
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said: “This match means a huge amount to both Tim and Middlesex. Having played with the club for 10 years, it would be the culmination of one of his most fiercely held ambitions.

"While the remainder of the squad will travel out tomorrow (Saturday), we felt this was an exceptional situation and a game which we should allow Tim to play in.

"There has been a long and mutually beneficial relationship between Middlesex and Ireland, and we felt it would further strengthen our close ties by showing some flexibility on this occasion."

Murtagh will fly out to South Africa as soon as the game finishes, in time for him to join the squad ahead of the first ODI against South Africa on September 25.