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Uncapped Eddie Richardson called up to Ireland squad to face England

Updated: Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 15:40 | Comments

Eddie Richardson, bowling here for Leinster Lightning, has earned his first call-up to Phil Simmons squad Ireland face England in a one-day international on 3 September
Eddie Richardson, bowling here for Leinster Lightning, has earned his first call-up to Phil Simmons squad Ireland face England in a one-day international on 3 September

Ireland have included uncapped all-rounder Eddie Richardson in their squad for next month's one-day international against England in Dublin.

The 23-year-old joins a 13-man Ireland squad - featuring seven county players - which last month confirmed their place at the 2015 World Cup.

"It's a dream come true for me really, I can't wait to pull on an Irish jersey," he said.

"I've worked really hard on my game, especially the last two years and it's fantastic that the selectors have rewarded this with senior recognition."

Richardson has scored almost 1,000 runs, and taken 50 wickets, in the two tiers of Irish domestic cricket this season to prompt his call-up. Coach Phil Simmons said: "He's been very consistent at all levels and the selectors were especially impressed by his form in the RSA Inter-Provincial Series."

"His volume of runs and wickets has warranted selection."

Ireland memorably beat England at the last World Cup in India, but are still yet to beat a full-member nation in the 50-over format on home soil.

The hosts will unveil their new 10,000 capacity home at Malahide in Dublin for the match, which is a near sell-out.

"It's certain to be a fantastic atmosphere at Malahide, given that nearly 8,000 tickets have already gone," Simmons said.

"The players can't wait to play at the new venue, and with England as the opponents, there's always that little extra edge which you get when playing a 'local derby' so to speak.

"It would be something special for the team to give the fans another famous win, which is certainly possible with the talent we have in our ranks."

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (captain), George Dockrell , Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Eddie Richardson, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

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