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04-May-2018 17:42:00 GMT
Ireland v Pakistan, only Test, Dublin

Ireland omit Dockrell for historic Pakistan Test

Dublin: Ireland have left out spinner George Dockrell from their 14-man squad for the country's historic first men's Test match against Pakistan next week.

Former Somerset player Dockrell is omitted after being out of favour for Ireland's concluding games at the World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe in March.

Uncapped Australia-born bowler Nathan Smith is included after playing for Ireland A in Bangladesh last October.

Ed Joyce is in the squad after being troubled by injury in Zimbabwe.

The Malahide Test begins on Friday, 11 May with the contest scheduled to run until the following Tuesday.

Victoria-born Smith, 22, has been playing for the Northern Knights in the Irish Interprovincial series since 2016, while seamer Tyrone Kane, 23, is recalled nearly three years after his only full international appearances.

William Porterfield will captain the Irish with Middlesex's Tim Murtagh recalled after he was ruled out of the three-day warm-up game against Somerset because of county commitments.

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (wk), Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Nathan Smith, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson (wk).


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