Porterfield set for milestone as England come to Dublin

Ireland's captain William Porterfield
Ireland's captain William Porterfield

William Porterfield will lead an experienced line-up in his 200th match for Ireland, next month’s Royal London one-day international against England in Dublin.

Opener Porterfield is one of 13, in a 14-man squad announced yesterday to face England on May 8 at Malahide, who were included too in Ireland’s World Cup campaign.

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh is back after missing the trip to Australia and New Zealand with a foot injury.

The match, for which a capacity crowd of 10,000 is expected, will be 30-year-old Porterfield’s 80th ODI.

The Warwickshire batsman said: “It’s a great honour for me to have played 200 times for my country.

“It’s a bit special for it to be against England in front of an expected sell-out crowd at Malahide.

“I’ve happy memories personally from the last time we played them in Dublin, scoring a century, although the result didn’t go our way that day.

“I hope, in home conditions, we can get the win.”

that our fantastic supporters so richly deserve.”

England are expected to announce their squad next week for the one-off fixture which will precede the Test series at home to New Zealand and fall just three days after the conclusion of the ongoing one away to West Indies.

Ireland squad (v England in Dublin on May 8): W Porterfield (Captain), A Balbirnie, A Cusack, G Dockrell, E Joyce, A McBrine, J Mooney, T Murtagh, K O’Brien, N O’Brien (wkt), P Stirling, S Thompson, G Wilson (wkt), C Young