Kevin O’Brien’s return leaves Ireland at full strength in Zimbabwe and Namibia

first_img Captain William Porterfield said: “It’s fantastic that everyone is fit and raring to go for the tour. “We know it’s going to be a good test, but it’ll be one we’re well prepared for.” Looking ahead to the fixture against Namibia, he added: “We’re the holders and have won the event four times. “There’s obviously the extra incentive this time, with the chance to qualify to play Test cricket – and that’s the ambition of everyone at Cricket Ireland.” Ireland squad (v Zimbabwe and Namibia): W Porterfield (Captain), A Balbirnie, G Dockrell, E Joyce, J Mooney, T Murtagh, A McBrine, K O’Brien, N O’Brien (wkt), S Poynter*, M Sorensen, P Stirling, S Thompson, G Wilson (wkt), C Young. * Zimbabwe tour only Fit-again Kevin O’Brien will return to a full-strength Ireland squad for their tour of Zimbabwe and Namibia. Press Associationcenter_img The big-hitting all-rounder has recovered from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of Ireland’s one-day international defeat against Australia in Belfast last month. O’Brien therefore returns in a 15-man squad to travel initially to Zimbabwe for three ODIs, and a four-day fixture against Zimbabwe A, next month and then to take on Namibia in an Intercontinental Cup match. last_img

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