Ireland seamer ruled out of England clash

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Ireland will be without veteran pace bowler Alex Cusack for their ODI against England on 3 September, after he picked up a back injury.

Ireland will be without veteran pace bowler Alex Cusack for their ODI against England on 3 September, after he picked up a back injury.

Cusack, who has played 138 one-dayers for Ireland, will be sorely missed, said coach Phil Simmons: "It's certainly disappointing for Alex to miss the game as he's an important player for us, particularly in the power-plays.

"However, we have strength in depth now and it'll give one of the other guys a chance to shine."

This news hasn't blunted Simmons' excitement about the fixture, with him adding: "We've seen just how well the tickets have gone with over 7,000 sold already.

"It's going to the biggest match ever held in Ireland, and there will be a fantastic atmosphere at the new international venue at Malahide.

"It's my home town and I know just how much of a buzz there is around the place to have the Ashes winners coming here.

"It'll be a magnificent occasion, and hopefully we'll give the Irish fans another day to remember."

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