Rankin and Dockrell return for Ireland


Seamer Boyd Rankin and spinner George Dockrell have returned to Ireland’s squad for the one-off ODI against the West Indies.

Ireland have also brought in batsman John Anderson and spinner Jacob Mulder with quick bowlers Barry McCarthy and Craig Young sidelined by injury.

The men in green will be boosted by the return to fitness of Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien and powerful opener Paul Stirling.

Middle-order batsman Andy Balbirnie and allrounder Stuart Thompson have been dropped in the other changes to the squad that competed in a tri-series involving New Zealand and Bangladesh that served as those nation’s warm-up for the ICC champions Trophy.


Ireland coach John Bracewell said: “It’s disappointing that both Barry and Craig are ruled out but we have other options in the seam-bowling department.

“On the plus side we have Paul Stirling and Niall O’Brien back from injury and that will certainly bolster the batting. George Dockrell has been in prolific form in domestic cricket and he is recalled too, which means we have no fewer than six spinning options in the squad.

“The West Indies showed incredible character to bounce back after losing the opening Test heavily against England, and showed just how dangerous and talented a side they truly are.

“They will have double-centurion Shai Hope in their ranks for the Belfast clash, and when you add Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels into the mix then it’s a very dangerous group of players. ”

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Jacob Mulder, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh , Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson (wk).