William Porterfield To Lead Ireland For Royal London ODI
Ireland opening batsman William Porterfield will captain his side for the Royal London One-Day International against England next month.
The 30-year-old Porterfield will lead a 14-member squad mainly comprising of players who were all part of Ireland’s impressive World Cup campaign.
The only inclusion in the squad is pacer Tim Murtagh who makes a comeback after having missed the World Cup due to a foot injury.
The Royal London One-Day International which is slated to be held on 8th May will be Porterfield’s 200th appearance for Ireland.
While looking ahead to the landmark, Porterfield sounded optimistic of Ireland’s chances against England.
"It's a great honour for me to have played 200 times for my country,” said Porterfield.
"It's a bit special for it to be against England in front of an expected sell-out crowd at Malahide.
"I've happy memories personally from the last time we played them in Dublin, scoring a century, although the result didn't go our way that day.
"I hope, in home conditions, we can get the win that our fantastic supporters so richly deserve."
With 2412 runs from 79 matches including seven centuries, Porterfield is Ireland’s leading run-scorer and century maker in ODIs.
While Ireland have announced their squad, England are expected to do the same after they return from their ongoing tour of West Indies.
Ireland squad to play England: William Porterfield (Captain), Andy Balbirnie, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (wkt), Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wkt), Craig Young
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