Ireland Coach David Ripley is considering his options as to Paul Stirling's replacement in the opening slot for the first ODI against the West Indies on Saturday.

As the squad flew into Jamaica from Miami on Saturday, Stirling and Shane Getkate remained in isolation back in the USA, with both missing the first ODI having tested positive for Covid-19.

Captain Andrew Balbirnie and Andy McBrine are also still in America, having being identified as close contacts of positive cases, but may arrive in Jamaica as early as tomorrow, if they produce negative PCR tests.

“With Paul Stirling out of the first ODI, we’ll have a bit of an internal debate now with Andrew Balbirnie about whether he moves up to open, or whether we pick someone maybe outside the box to go in at the top," said Ripley.

"We do have several options and I’m pretty confident we’ve got some decent Plan B’s now that Stirlo is out of game one."

Ireland interim Head Coach David Ripley: Pic by Peter Della Penna/USA Cricket

With Lorcan Tucker in form after back-to-back half centuries from number three, Balbirnie may be tempted to keep his Pembroke team mate in the number three position.

Ireland's preparations have been seriously disrupted following the cancellation of the three-match ODI series against the USA.

A covid case among the officials seeing the first match postponed, while the remaining two also went by the wayside.

An initial outbreak among two of the touring party's partners, was followed by the two positive cases amongst the players, and a further two in the support staff.

"There’s obviously some frustration over the fixtures not being able to proceed, but hopefully now that can end as we move on to play some high-profile 50-over cricket against the West Indies.

“However, a great positive of the trip so far is the way the lads have rolled their sleeves up and mucked in – I’ve been impressed that during a bit of adversity the lads have just got stuck in.

“It hasn’t been a perfect trip to date, but what we’re focusing on now is looking ahead and getting some decent cricket under our belts.”

Ireland will play a warm-up match against Jamaica Scorpions on Wednesday January 5th, with the ODIs on January 8, 11 and 14 - all starting at 2.30pm (UK/Ireland).

Chris Gayle's farewell T20I is on Sunday January 16th at 9pm (UK/Ireland).