Porterfield landmark as big guns back to face English
William Porterfield will win his 200th cap for Ireland against England at Malahide on Friday, May 8 after being named captain of a familiar looking 14-man squad for the biennial Royal London one-day international.
Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh returns in place of Max Sorensen after missing the World Cup with a broken bone in his foot, and an extra player has been included as there is an injury doubt over young spinner Andy McBrine.
Chairman of selectors Alan Lewis was happy to stick with the original World Cup squad, minus young fast bowler Peter Chase, but Porterfield can expect an enhanced leadership role in the absence of a full-time coach, as well as long-serving team manager Roy Torrens, who has retired.
Cricket Ireland have yet to find a successor to Phil Simmons, who left to coach the West Indies after the World Cup, and it is unlikely there will be an announcement before the England game, with more interviews scheduled in the week ahead.
"It's great to have Tim Murtagh back in the squad," Lewis said. "He brings quality and experience to our attack, and there are fewer better exponents of swing bowling in early season conditions.
"It's certain to be an electric atmosphere at Malahide, and we believe that with the players we have, we can get the right result. While there is respect for our opponents, the fear factor in Irish cricket has long gone."
IRELAND SQUAD - W Porterfield (cpt, Warwickshire), A Balbirnie (Middlesex), A Cusack (Clontarf), G Dockrell (Somerset), E Joyce (Sussex), A McBrine (Donemana), J Mooney (North County), T Murtagh (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), P Stirling (Middlesex), S Thompson (Eglinton), G Wilson (Surrey), C Young (Bready).