Ireland Ring In The Changes For T20 Squad

August 23rd 2016 | International

Ireland Ring In The Changes For T20 Squad

Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker are named in an Ireland squad for the first time as the selectors look to inject some new blood into the ranks as they face Hong Kong in two T20 internationals at Bready next month.

The Pembroke pair, part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy, impressed at the ICC Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, and get their opportunity to make an impact at senior international level.

Little is a left-arm opening quick bowler - who despite being only 16 years-old - bowled at 85 mph during the tournament. 19 year-old Tucker is a wicket-keeper batsman who was the stand-out performer for the Irish in Bangladesh.

“We wanted to bring some freshness to the squad,” said Chair of Selectors Alan Lewis. “In particular we are delighted to see the youth of Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker added to the squad.

“Left-arm quicks have been hugely successful in T20 and Josh’s introduction will drive his career forward we hope. He bowls with pace and is an excellent athlete.

“Lorcan’s ability to score all around the ground with his 360 degree game - as witnessed at the U19 World Cup - coupled with his wicket keeping gives us excellent balance.”

There are recalls for Greg Thompson, James Shannon, Sean Terry and David Rankin. Thompson - Ireland’s youngest international at 16 back in 2004 - made his last appearance in 2008. However he has been in exceptional form this season, scoring over 1000 runs in all competitions, including a match winning hundred in the Northern Cricket Union T20 final earlier this month.

“Clearing the ropes and strike rates which are vital in this format have proved difficult for us recently but we hope with the re-introduction of the quartet, added to our experience that we can build a new identity to the way we play,” said Lewis.

“All four are excellent fielders in their own right which is such an important dimension in this format too. Hong Kong have proved extremely useful and are committed to this format so it will be a good challenge. We really hope the players involved will use the opportunity to stick their hands up for what lies ahead.”

The games take place at Bready on September 5 and 6, starting at 3.30pm. Both matches will be double-headers with Ireland Women facing Bangladesh in morning matches (10:30am).

Further match-day information including ticketing details are available on the official Cricket Ireland website

William Porterfield (captain), (Warwickshire), Peter Chase (Malahide/Leinster Lightning), George Dockrell (Leinster/Leinster Lightning), Josh Little (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning), Andrew McBrine (Donemana/NW Warriors), Barry McCarthy (Durham), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union/Leinster Lightning), David Rankin (Bready/NW Warriors), James Shannon (Instonians/Northern Knights), Sean Terry (YMCA/Leinster Lightning), Greg Thompson (Waringstown/Northern Knights), Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke/Leinster Lightning), Craig Young (Bready/NW Warriors).

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