Mooney returns to international cricket

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Seamer John Mooney will return to international cricket next month, when Ireland and Scotland clash for three ODIs in Dublin.

Seamer John Mooney will return to international cricket next month, when Ireland and Scotland clash for three ODIs in Dublin.

Mooney left February's tour of the West Indies due to a stress-related illness, but will has been named in a strong 13-man squad.

The 32-year-old Mooney, all-rounder Kevin O'Brien, spinner George Dockrell and the inexperienced Max Sorensen have been recalled. The quartet did not play against Sri Lanka A last month. O'Brien has been named captain in the absence of the unavailable Ed Joyce.

"The focus now for the squad is very much geared towards World Cup preparation," said O'Brien said. "These three matches against Scotland are an important part of that.

"There are still places up for grabs and everyone's working really hard to make sure they're part of what's sure to be a fantastic event. Scotland are ever improving over the last few years, and have a vibrant young squad mixed in with some experienced players.

"Like ourselves, they will be keen to use these games as preparation for the World Cup, but most importantly we both will be looking to win, so I expect these games to be tough and closely contested."

The three fixtures will be held at The Village in Malahide, Dublin, on 8, 10 and 12 September.

<b>Squad:</b> Kevin O'Brien, John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, John Mooney, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Craig Young.

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