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HAMISH MARSHALL will have to wait another few months before making his Ireland debut after being omitted from the national squads to play Namibia, Sri Lanka and Scotland in the next four weeks.

The 32-year-old former New Zealand batsman is available for selection as an Irish passport holder, but he also now qualifies for England and his call-up before the end of the season would cost Gloucestershire a five-figure bonus.

Marshall's county employers are rewarded by the England and Wales Cricket Board for every England-qualified player on their staff and to retain a good relationship, Cricket Ireland have decided not to force the issue -- as they could for the one-day international against Sri Lanka in Edinburgh.

The attacking right-hander is still very much part of coach Phil Simmons' future plans, though, and could be included against Canada in September.

Ed Joyce has also opted out, for personal reasons, while Trent Johnston will captain up to five new caps in the four-day match against Namibia in Belfast before regular skipper William Porterfield returns for one-day games against Namibia, Sri Lanka and Scotland in July.

Elsewhere, Chris Tremlett's Test best helped to reduce Sri Lanka to 177 for nine -- but England face a race against time after two rain-shortened days at Southampton's Rose Bowl.

Tremlett marked his return to Hampshire with figures of 6-42, as England took nine wickets in the 61.2 overs played.

Irish Independent