IRELAND

Group B with West Indies and Australia

Captain: William Porterfield.

Coach: Phil Simmons

Ireland, with two former Test players in their backroom staff now that ex-Australia paceman Craig McDermott has joined West Indian coach Phil Simmons, will be in search of fresh giant-killing success to match their one-day international exploits.

Their squad has plenty of subcontinental experience, with Kevin O'Brien having compiled the fastest-ever hundred in the 50-over World Cup during Ireland's stunning win over England in Bangalore last year.

William Porterfield, the captain and one of several county cricketers in the squad, will aim to lead from the front with the bat, as newcomer Tim Murtagh looks to bolster a seam attack featuring Australia-born veteran Trent Johnston.

Much will be expected of talented Somerset left-arm spinner George Dockrell, 20, on Sri Lankan pitches renowned for taking turn.

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

 

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