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Ireland all-rounder John Mooney is set to make his comeback during the series against Scotland next month after recovering from a stress-related illness.
Mooney suffered his stress-related illness during Ireland’s tour of the West Indies and returned home to undergo treatment for “an unspecified amount of time”.
Mooney has represented Ireland in 48 ODIs and scored 737 runs at an average of 23.77, while also taking 35 wickets at an average of 29.60. He has also played 23 Twenty20 Internationals and made 204 runs at an average of 17 and picked up four wickets at an average of 23.50.
It was also announced that Kevin O’Brien will captain Scotland during this series since Ed Joyce will be unavailable.
“The focus now for the squad is very much geared towards World Cup preparation,” O’Brien said. “These three matches against Scotland are an important part of that. “There are still places up for grabs and everyone’s working really hard to make sure they’re part of what’s sure to be a fantastic event.
“Scotland are ever improving over the last few years, and have a vibrant young squad mixed in with some experienced players, like Majid Haq and Richie Berrington. Like ourselves, they will be keen to use these games as preparation for the World Cup, but most importantly we both will be looking to win, so I expect these games to be tough and closely contested.
“We’ve got a nice blend of youth and experience in our squad and it’ll be great to meet up with them again for this series. There’s more depth to our cricket now than ever before and a greater competition for places which can only be good for our cricket.”
Ireland Squad: Kevin O’Brien (capt), John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, John Mooney, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Craig Young