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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 12:49 GMT
Stirling picked for Ireland tour
Paul Stirling
Stirling is currently part of the Irish team at the Under-19 World Cup
Ireland have called up 17-year-old Cliftonville batsman Paul Stirling for their forthcoming series of one-day internationals in Bangladesh.

Stirling will replace experienced opener Jeremy Bray, who misses the trip because of a shoulder injury.

Left-arm seamers Phil Eaglestone and Reinhardt Strydom have also been named in a 15-man squad.

Ireland will play a four-day game in the UAE before starting the three-match series in Bangladesh on 18 March.

Stirling is currently with the Under-19 squad in Malaysia and scored a rapid 72 as Ireland fell to a heavy 181-run defeat by New Zealand on Wednesday.

Trent Johnston captains a squad which still a lot of experience with Ireland having all four county-based players available.

William Porterfield is named as the new vice-captain, taking over from Kyle McCallan.

Andrew White is unavailable, as he is getting married in March. The squad will play the UAE in Abu Dhabi from March 6-9, and will stay on to get extra practice ahead of Bangladesh.

They are also expected to play county side Essex who will be in the region participating in a tournament.

Ireland squad: T Johnston (Railway Union) , A Botha (North County), A Cusack (Clontarf), P Eaglestone (Strabane), T Fourie (Merrion), G Kidd (Waringstown), K Mc Callan (Waringstown), E Morgan (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Northants), W Porterfield (Gloucestershire), B Rankin (Warwickshire), P Stirling (Cliftonville), R Strydom (North County), G Thompson (Lisburn).


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