Tucker set for wicketkeeper role
Lorcan Tucker will be handed the gloves for the first of Ireland's three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe in Co Tyrone today in a move that could see the Pembroke wicketkeeper become the long-term successor to Niall O'Brien.
Tucker seemed earmarked for the role when O'Brien announced his retirement last autumn but the 22-year-old missed out first to Stuart Poynter for Ireland's second Test match, against Afghanistan in March, and then Gary Wilson during the first half of the summer.
Poynter, though, disappointed with the bat and is now out of favour at his county side Durham, while Wilson, who has spent most of his 271 caps as understudy to O'Brien, will again play as a specialist batsman in the first ODI staged at the Bready ground.
"Every one is fit and raring to go," said captain William Porterfield. "Lorcan is going to play and keep wicket. The pitch looks a decent surface and we'll look forward to seeing how it plays after the rain."
Porterfield did not confirm whether all-rounder Shane Getkate would make his ODI debut but Mark Adair will feature after impressing this season against England, Bangladesh and the West Indies.
IRELAND (v Zimbabwe, from): W Porterfield (c), M Adair, A Balbirnie, S Getkate, T Kane, A McBrine, J McCollum, T Murtagh, K O'Brien, B Rankin, S Singh, P Stirling, L Tucker (w/k), G Wilson