Murtagh called up to Irish squad
Tim Murtagh is in line to make his international debut for Ireland after being included in the panel that will play Australia in the One Day International in Belfast later this month.
Monday, 11 June 2012
The 30-year old Middlesex seamer was granted Irish citizenship earlier this year.
Murtagh comes in for the injured Warwickshire player Boyd Rankin.
Max Sorensen keeps his place in the squad, which features eight players registered with county sides following Kevin O'Brein's Twenty20 move to Somerset.
Coach Phil Simmons said: "Although Tim Murtagh hasn't played for Ireland yet, he's been bowling superbly for Middlesex so that will soften the blow of losing Boyd.
"Max Sorensen and Trent Johnston were fantastic in the UAE (during the World Twenty20 qualifiers) so we have plenty of options in the squad having so many all-rounders. I've been following the English-based players and there have been some fantastic performances from them at various stages this season."
Niall O'Brien has also returned to the Ireland squad.
Simmons said: "There's no doubt he's among the best 14 players that Ireland have, but Gary Wilson did superbly in the UAE, so Niall knows he's going to have work hard and be at his best to regain the gloves."
Ireland captain William Porterfield is relishing the prospect of taking on the Australians on 23 June.
"It's going to be another fantastic occasion in Belfast as we take on Australia," he said.
"Playing in front of your home fans gives all the players a great buzz, and with a capacity crowd behind us we'll be doing our level best to capture another full-member scalp."
Ireland squad to face Australia:
William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union/Somerset), Niall O'Brien (Northants), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).