Josh Little joins the travel team before ODI to the United States and remains for the rest of the tour.
The 15-member team is named after the One Day International against the United States in December and the World Cup Super League series against the West Indies in January. Leg spinner Ben White received his first call to the ODI team after making his T20I debut against South Africa in July this year.
A team of 15 players is also named after T20 International for the United States and the West Indies, but Josh Little will miss the United States series because it was released to play in the Lanka Premier League. Little attends a tour party before the ODI series against the United States and then remains on the Irish team for the rest of the tour.
Andrew White Chair, National Men’s Selector, said: “Selectors had to make some difficult decisions to move the men’s team forward, especially in the T20 format. Close to the T20 World Cup qualification in early 2022.
“I was hoping to avoid the need to compete in next year’s T20 World Cup by advancing to the Super 12 stage of the previous tournament, but the early termination has somewhat shortened the transition and successor development period. Touring the United States and the West Indies has taken on a more important sensation. In fact, we feel greater urgency regarding some tactical changes that we need to consider.
“One of the most difficult choice calls was to exclude Kevin O’Brien from this tour. Kevin has been an important part of our senior team for years and in recent years in the T20 format. It has played an important role at the top, however, as the T20 World Cup qualification is imminent, selectors try different dynamics at the top of the order and realize greater power hit potential in the middle order. I want to
Statistics aren’t a lie – on the T20I, there was a problem for a while with boundaries and 6 hits – especially outside the power playover. Later in the inning, we learned how the best side could increase the scoring rate and access the boundaries, but these days it’s lacking.
“It goes without saying that the ability to clear the rope is also an area we must try, so we brought William McClintock and Shane Getkate back into the calculation and added firepower to the middle. Andrew Barberney will partner with Paul Sterling as an opening pair to readjust the batting order.
“The selection of Ben White for the ODI team shows that he is confident in the talent of the young leg spinner. You can see that he is adding the variation that Andrew Balbirnie calls for.
“We also allowed Josh Little to miss the USA T20I series to play in the Lanka Premier League, but considers the importance of strengthening the ODI team to the important World Cup Super League series against the West Indies. And he will join the travel team just before Christmas in preparation for the USA ODI series. “
T20I Team on US and West Indies Tour:
Andrew Barberney (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Camper, Gareth Delaney, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little *, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul -Sterling, Low Can Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
ODI Team for US and West Indies Tour:
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Camper, George Dockrell, Josh Little *, Andy McBrine, Barry McBrine, William Porterfield, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Sterling, Harry Tector, Low Can Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
* Josh Little joins the travel team before the ODI to the United States and remains for the rest of the tour.
Tour USA leg schedule
December 20: T20 Warm Up Match (Details TBC)
December 22: USA Men v Ireland Men – 1st T20I (Florida, starting at 2:00 pm local time)
December 23: US Male v Irish Male – Second T20I (Florida; Starts at 7pm Local Time)
December 26: US Male v Irish Male – First ODI (Florida; Starts at 10am Local Time)
December 28: US Male v Irish Male – Second ODI (Florida; Starts at 10am Local Time)
December 30: USA Men v Ireland Men – 3rd ODI (Florida; Starts at 2:00 pm local time)