Ireland hit by double injury blow before Oz

Ireland will be without fast bowler Max Sorensen on their training tour to Australia at the end of the month, and batsman Paul Stirling is under a watchful eye as he has a back injury sustained during the English county season.

Sorensen picked up a wrist fracture in the ODI series against Scotland recently and faces two months on the sidelines. He has been replaced in the squad by Gloucestershire’s Graeme Carter. Stirling has not been replaced yet.

Coach Phil Simmons said: “It’s obviously bitterly disappointing for Max to miss out on the tour which is so vital to our World Cup preparations, but it gives Graeme a great chance to impress after he just missed out on the initial selection.

“Paul Stirling missed Middlesex’s match at Somerset this week with a back injury which hasn’t responded to treatment as well as he’d like.

“We’ll know more about his prognosis when he sees the specialist, but felt it best that he recuperates in the UK before making a final decision on his involvement on the tour.”
Ireland’s fixture against the Queensland Bulls is going to prove particularly important in the cricket betting stakes.