Gary Wilson, Josh Little added to Ireland ODI squad for early season
Ireland wicketkeeper Gary Wilson has been declared fit for the start of the Ireland home season after missing the tours for the T20I Quadrangular series in Oman and the tour of Indian to play Afghanistan.
Wilson has been included in a 14-man ODI squad for the one-off ODI against England and the start of the ODI tri-series with West Indies and Bangladesh. Ireland face England on May 3 before the start of tri-series on May 5.
Uncapped wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker has been retained in the squad from the series against Afghanistan ahead of Stuart Poynter. 22-year-old Tucker has started off the Irish domestic season in good form, making 81 last week for Leinster in a win over Northern Knights.
Spinners James Cameron-Dow and Simi Singh have also been dropped, leaving George Dockrell and Andy McBrine as the only specialist spinners in the squad.
Josh Little, who has played ten T20Is, has been called up as the Ireland selectors opted for more seam options in home conditions. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer joins an attack led by veterans Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy and allrounder Stuart Thompson.
Cricket Ireland has announced that the squad for the remainder of the tri-series will be announced at a later date.
Ireland ODI squad to face England and the start of tri-series:
William Porterfield (c), Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker (wk)