Paul Stirling named to Ireland's squad for Lord's Test against England
Paul Stirling named to Ireland's squad for Lord's Test against England

DUBLIN:  Opener Paul Stirling has been taken  in Ireland's 15-man squad for their one-off Test against England at Lord's, to take place from June 1-4.  During Ireland's second Test match against Sri Lanka, Stirling made a comeback to red-ball cricket and recorded his first Test century at Galle.

Josh Little, a left-arm fast bowler playing for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has not been given a break by Ireland. Little, though, is back with the Ireland team and will go to Chelmsford for the upcoming week's three ODI matches against Bangladesh. After the series is over, Little will travel to India for the IPL 2023.

Andrew White said, the Ireland Men's National Selector, "regarding Josh Little, although the IPL will have ended, we are very conscious of the need for Josh to rest, recover, and prepare for what will be a busy and important summer for us in white-ball cricket."

Murray Commins, Matthew Humphreys, and Ben White from the Ireland Test team that visited Sri Lanka are dropped, and Craig Young and Conor Olphert are promoted to the 15-person roster. Ireland will play Essex in a three-day first-class match from May 26–28 before to the Lord's Test.

"There is a familiar shape to the squad, but given the progress and performances in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka -- particularly with the bat -- the players acquitted themselves well and can take some level of confidence into Lord's." It is wonderful that we can bring back players like Craig Young and Conor Olphert, and the upcoming weeks will be crucial for both of these young men as they raise their effort in preparation for this red-ball series. Despite playing in conditions that were considerably different from those on our most recent trip, White said, "We have only gone with one frontline spinner, but Andy McBrine clearly demonstrated his all-around talent and also has experience playing at Lord's in 2019."

Andrew Balbirnie will lead the Ireland Test team, which also includes Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Tom Mayes, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, PJ Moor, Conor Olphert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, and Craig Young (wicketkeeper).

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