Louise McCarthy has returned to the Ireland senior performance squad after a three year absence.

The 26-year-old Dubliner, who took time out to complete a Masters in Diagnostic Radiography in Edinburgh, previously won 74 caps for her country after making her international debut in 2010.

McCarthy has been working in Dublin this year, and admits that while she hadn't completely ruled out an international return her studies were prioritised over the last few years. It was some time playing with Durham last year that rekindled her interest.

"That experience reinstated my fire for cricket," she said.

"Playing with top quality players and against tough opponents week-on-week was something I realised I missed."

"It's a huge honour to be back in the squad. Most of the squad I would have been familiar with through playing Super 3’s over the years – there are still a few 'old’ girls on the scene that played when I did. So it doesn’t feel a whole lot different - but I now feel old, if anything!"

Ed Joyce, Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s team, added:

"Louise’s addition to the senior squad is a boost for us all ahead of what will be an important period for this side. Her influence and enthusiasm has been felt by her teammates already, and she returns to the set-up understanding the challenge ahead."

"While we look forward to returning to competitive action soon, the last week’s training has provided welcome relief and the squad has come through lockdown in relatively good shape."

Ireland were due to compete at the postponed ICC World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka next month, with an announcement on when it will be played due over the summer.