Allrounder O’Brien returns to Ireland squad


Kevin O'Brien has been included in Ireland's squad for their upcoming tour to Zimbabwe and Namibia as he has now made a full recovery from a hamstring injury.

The burly allrounder missed the one-off ODI against Australia, which Ireland lost, in Belfast in August but will be on the plane to the African continent.

The European side will play three ODIs against Zimbabwe, on 9, 11 and 13 October, plus a four-day match against Zimbabwe A starting on 17 October.

They will then travel to Windhoek to play Namibia in a four-day Intercontinental Cup clash, starting on 24 October.

Ireland captain, William Porterfield said: "It's fantastic that everyone is fit and raring to go for the tour. We know it's going to be a good test but it'll be one we're well prepared for.

"We've been involved in some great games with Zimbabwe over the years and I'm certain this series will bring more of the same. I don't think there's too much between the sides and I guess the ICC rankings reflect that.

"We have a lot of experienced campaigners in our squad, and I'm confident we'll do well in the games."

Squad: William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Stuart Poynter (for Zimbabwe only), Max SorensenPaul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young