By BV Swagath
Ireland have named a 14-man squad for their upcoming One-off ODI against the touring Australians this month. The Irish team is going to be led by William Porterfield and will be missing the services of their regular fast bowler Boyd Rankin, who is recovering from a foot injury.
The one-off ODI between Ireland and Australia has been branded as the RSA Challenge and will be played at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont, Belfast on the 23rd of this month. Ireland are no minnows with quite a lot of its players involved in English County Cricket over the years. In the 2007 World Cup, Ireland were a sensation as they tied with Zimbabwe, defeated a fancy Pakistan team and crushed Bangladesh.
In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland went onto score a historic victory against England. Ireland were incredible that day when they chased down a huge target of 329 with five balls to spare thanks to a blistering century from Kevin O’Brien.
The Irish team is being coached by former West Indian all-rounder Phil Simmons.
Following is the Ireland Squad to face Australia in the RSA Challenge 2012: William Porterfield (Captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (Wicket Keeper), Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White and Gary Wilson