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Uncapped Barry McCarthy called up for Sri Lanka ODIs

William Porterfield will lead the Ireland side against Sri Lanka.
William Porterfield will lead the Ireland side against Sri Lanka.
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Ireland have included uncapped pacer Barry McCarthy in their 13-man squad which will play in the two-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka.

McCarthy, who made his first-class debut in September 2015, has gone on to take 11 wickets from four matches in the format.

Having made his Twenty20 debut in the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast for Durham, McCarthy has so far played three games and accounted for seven wickets including two three-wicket hauls.

The 23-year-old is the only uncapped player in the squad and he is confident of doing well if given a chance to play against Sri Lanka.

"It has been a great last couple of weeks and this news has really put the icing on the cake for me," said McCarthy.

"It’s been brilliant to play first-team cricket at Durham and to achieve success too, which has given me great confidence should I get a chance against Sri Lanka."

In October 2015, McCarthy flew to Australia to play for the Randwick Petersham cricket club in Sydney as the part of Cricket Ireland's Official Overseas Scholarship programme.

Thanking Cricket Ireland for the opportunity to play for Randwick Petersham, McCarthy believes that the exchange programme helped him develop as a player.

"My exchange programme with Randwick Petersham last winter has certainly helped me with my cricket.

"It’s played an integral role in getting me this recognition, and I am very grateful to Cricket Ireland for that opportunity."

Ireland head coach John Bracewell added that McCarthy richly deserves his opportunity and is confident that he will be a good addition to the squad.

"Barry has been in tremendous form with Durham and deserves his opportunity.

"He’s a powerful cricketer who will fit in well with the squad.

"There are a few players who are unlucky to miss out, most notably Graeme McCarter who has been the form bowler in the Inter-Provincial series to date, and John Anderson."

Ireland’s chairman of selectors Alan Lewis agreed that batsman Anderson and speedster McCarter are unlucky to have missed out on making the 13-man squad.

However, Lewis has urged the pair to continue their impressive performances in the domestic circuit so as to pose a challenge to the incumbent squad members.

"After the disappointment of the World T20 it will be great to get back on the horse as it were," he said.

"It’s fantastic that we have so many fixtures this summer, which will put real heat on all to perform.

"The inclusion of Barry McCarthy is richly deserved and I am sure the captain will be looking for players in this all-rounder space to seriously put their hand up for the future.

"With John Anderson and Graeme McCarter’s Inter-Provincial form they can count themselves unlucky not to be in the 13.

"We hope they continue their rich vein of form and ensure that all current holders of the green jersey are kept on their toes in what is a really busy summer."

Pace bowler Craig Young and wicket-keeper batsman Andrew Balbirnie have missed out on selection due to injury.

The two ODIs between Ireland and Sri Lanka will be played on 16th and 18th June respectively at Malahide.

Ireland squad for Sri Lanka ODI series

William Porterfield (capt), George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson.

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