Sunday 19 November 2017

O'Brien out of key games

Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien will miss the Intercontinental Cup and one-day internationals against the Netherlands next month.

The Northamptonshire player, who underwent surgery on his damaged finger last week, is expected to be out of action for around two months.

William Porterfield is unavailable because of Gloucestershire commitments so Trent Johnston captains the side. Bowler Boyd Rankin will not play as he is required by Warwickshire. Surrey's Gary Wilson will keep wicket in O'Brien's absence.

The Intercontinental Cup match will be played at Rathmines from August 11-14 and the one-day internationals will take place at Clontarf on Monday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 18.

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Irish Independent

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