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Cusack is included in Ireland squad
15 Sep 2014 17:05
Emerging seamer Peter Chase and fit-again Alex Cusack are both part of an 18-man Ireland squad bound for Australia and New Zealand this month.
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Veteran medium-pacer Cusack is back after a season curtailed by injury to join the trip Down Under as Ireland step up their preparations for next year's World Cup, also in Australia and New Zealand.
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William Porterfield's team will travel without experienced batsman Ed Joyce, who is instead to be given time to recover from an arduous domestic season with Sussex.
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Eddie Richardson, Graeme McCarter and John Anderson have missed out on selection.
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“Alex Cusack has been one of our best limited-overs bowlers in the last six years," coach Phil Simmons told Cricket Ireland.
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"Although he's been out of competitive action since early May, the plan was always to take him on tour as long as he had recovered from injury.
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"He has been in a long period of rehabilitation and is fit to train now. He will be back training and bowling this week - and part of his continued rehabilitation will be in Australia, with the hope he is able to play towards the latter half of the tour in New Zealand."
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Simmons added that the competition was clear in the bowling department when choosing the squad for the tour, adding: "Eddie Richardson and Graeme McCarter were unlucky to miss out and were very close to selection along with John Anderson. There are a lot of bowlers in the squad who are very similar to Graeme and Eddie and the selectors felt we needed something different.
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"We've opted for Peter Chase, who with his height and pace gives us some variety in the seam bowling department. We've seen just how effective he can be with his performances in the County Championship with Durham in recent weeks." Ireland will play eight 50-over fixtures between 30 September and 23 October, with the matches split equally between Australia and New Zealand.
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Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Durham), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton) , Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).
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