Ireland squad for Test against England

Ireland have announced their 14-man squad for the first Test match against England at Lord’s, starting from July 24-27.

The 34-year-old William Porterfield leads a side that includes veteran county cricketers Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin and Gary Wilson.

“The historic nature of this Test match will not be lost on anyone, however, the players will not be overawed by the occasion,” said Ireland chair of national men’s selectors Andrew White.

“I think we demonstrated the fight and talent we possess in the recent ODI against England at Malahide, and I expect the players will look to be just as competitive in the Test arena.

“We have stated all along that as selectors we are looking for players not only in form but displaying consistent performances, and I believe we have selected a squad that reflects this.

“It’s also a squad that balances experience and emerging talent, which is necessary in looking to the future in this format of the game.

“This may only be our third Test, but we have 11 more to play over the next three years and our two Tests to date have shown glimpses of the potential we possess.

Ireland squad:

  1. William Porterfield (captain)
  2. Mark Adair
  3. Andrew Balbirnie
  4. Andrew McBrine
  5. James McCollum
  6. Tim Murtagh
  7. Kevin O’Brien
  8. Boyd Rankin
  9. Simi Singh
  10. Paul Stirling
  11. Stuart Thompson
  12. Lorcan Tucker
  13. Gary Wilson
  14. Craig Young

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