Ireland name strong one-day squad for Canada matches

Trent Johnston
Trent Johnston is part of the Ireland squad to face Canada at Rathmines

Ireland have named a strong squad for next week's one-day internationals against Canada at Clontarf.

The 14 players who were involved in the match against England are all included.

All the county professionals who were not selected for the Intercontinental Cup matches against Namibia and Canada return to Phil Simmons' panel.

Trent Johnston, who pulled out of the England game with a knee injury, hopes to be fit to face the Canadians with the help of a cortisone injection.

Johnston is expected to undergo surgery next month as he bids to continue his career.

Captain William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Boyd Rankin, Niall O'Brien and Nigel Jones all return for the one-dayers which will be staged on 19 and 20 September.

Meanwhile Kevin O'Brien will captain the Ireland side for their Intercontinental Cup game against Canada at Rathmines this week.

Albert van der Merwe, who missed three months of the season through injury, is back in the squad and is expected to be the one change to the team that beat Namibia last week at Stormont.

Uncapped Instonians batsman James Shannon has replaced Stuart Thompson in the squad for the ICC Cup fixture.

Ireland one-day squad for matches against Canada at Clontarf: W Porterfield, A Cusack, G Dockrell, T Johnston, N Jones, E Joyce, J Mooney, K O'Brien, N O'Brien, B Rankin, P Stirling, A van der Merwe, A White, G Wilson.

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