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George Dockrell named in Ireland’s final squad for the World Cup

Dockers Ireland PoseSomerset spinner George Dockrell has been named in the final 15-man Ireland squad for next month’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

This will be the second World Cup for 22-year-old George, who took part in the last tournament in the sub-continent four years ago, taking seven wickets at 29.57, with a best of 2-23 against Bangladesh.

The Cricket Ireland selectors have made no changes to the 15 players already named for this month’s training camp and tri-series in Dubai against Afghanistan and Scotland.

Captain William Porterfield is one of five Ireland players who will be participating in their third World Cup, along with vice-captain Kevin O’Brien, who played T20 cricket for Somerset in 2012 and scored a magnificent 113 in a famous victory over England four years ago.

Cricket Ireland“It’s fantastic to be leading Ireland in another global tournament,” said 30 year-old Porterfield.

“We’ve produced some wonderful performances over the years in World Cups, and there’s no reason why we can’t claim further successes in Australia and New Zealand.

“While we may have lost the surprise factor over the years, we’ve certainly gained a lot of respect for our brand of cricket which has been pretty pleasing.

“There’s a great mix as always in the squad, and the younger guys coming through are all hungry which keeps the more experienced players on their toes. Competition for places has been fierce and that’s got to be good for Irish cricket.”

Ire WC PosterIreland play four ODI’s in the UAE this month, including two against Scotland, whose squad includes Somerset’s Josh Davey.

Following a short return home, the Irish squad will depart for Australia at the end of January for a training camp and fixture against Sydney based club Randwick Petersham.

The Irish stay in Sydney for official warm-up matches against Scotland and Bangladesh, before flying to New Zealand to face West Indies in their opening game in Hamilton on 16 February.

Ireland World Cup Squad:

William Porterfield (Captain) (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Malahide), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).