A 14-player squad has been named for the first of Ireland's one-day internationals against England on Thursday. 

The circumstances of this three-match series against the world champions means that a 14-player squad can be chosen for each match, with the ability to make a player substitution at any time. In addition, Ireland has a travelling squad of 22 players in Southampton, and can bring in any of the eight reserve players to subsequent matches.  

The 14-player match squad is:  

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling (vc), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

Last year's leading wicket taker Mark Adair has been omitted after conceding 74 runs in eight overs on his comeback from an ankle injury against England Lions last Sunday.

Andrew White, chair of national men's selectors, said: "As fans are aware, Mark underwent surgery earlier this year, and while that was successful, it has unfortunately meant that he is not yet back to the level that we need him at for international cricket.

"We know that he isn't far away, but we also need to recognise that Sunday's game was his first competitive outing since the Caribbean in January."

Boyd Rankin is included despite conceding 47 runs in five overs last weekend ahead of an ODI series which marks the start of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.

Curtis Campher has been called up to the Ireland senior squad for the first time. Campher turned in an impressive batting and bowling for the Ireland Wolves against Namibia in February.

Harry Tector is in line to make his ODI debut. Tector has already featured in 20 T20 Internationals for Ireland, and has demonstrated during warm-up games and in training that he is ready for this format of the game. 

White, char of the selectors said: "These ODIs are not only a great opportunity for our squad to test themselves against the world champions, but are extremely important in the context of qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. 

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"Every player in our squad is lacking game time as a result of the lockdown, so the two warm-up games gave the players an opportunity to gain their first competitive action since early March and there were some very positive performances on display over those two matches."

"However, our deliberations on selection took into account not only those two warm-up games, but also form shown earlier in the year before lockdown. In addition, we also took into account that we have a larger squad here than would be normal, so we decided on a side for the first game only at this point. This means that the eight players who miss out on this playing squad may still have an opportunity to feature in the series."


30 July: 1st ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)

1 August: 2nd ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)

4 August: 3rd ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)