IRE vs NZ: Ireland name squad for the home ODI series against New Zealand
Ireland Cricket (IC) has announced the 14-member men’s squad for the forthcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand at home. The three-match series, which starts on July 10 in Dublin, will be part of the ICC World Cup Super League, with 30 crucial points up for grabs.
Top-order batter Stephen Doheny and bowling all-rounder Graham Hume have been called up to Ireland’s outfit. Notably, Doheny is currently the leading run-scorer in the Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy competition, with 158 runs at an average of 52.67. He has been picked in place of William Porterfield, who recently retired from international cricket to focus on coaching.
Similarly, Hume, who recently qualified for Ireland through residency, has claimed 10 wickets at an average of just 9.40 in the inter-provincial 50-over competition.
“With the recent retirement of William Porterfield, we’ve called up Stephen Doheny into his first ODI squad. Stephen has impressed coaches and selectors with his stroke play and is now starting to convert starts into defining and match-shaping innings’ at inter-provincial and Wolves levels. His form has warranted his call-up to both white-ball squads, and we wish him well,” said Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors.
“It’s likewise pleasing to see Graham Hume get his chance in the ODIs after repeated seasons of consistent form while he qualified to play for Ireland. Hume has demonstrated his accuracy and ability to extract bounce and movement in home conditions – we are hoping his knack of prising out early breakthroughs will translate to the higher level,” he added.
Ireland squad for New Zealand ODIs:
Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
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