Andy McBrine has lost his place in the Ireland T20 squad for the final two games of series against Afghanistan which continues this afternoon at Stormont (3.30pm).

The selectors had left the door open to make changes after the first three games and the return of Simi Singh in a like for like replacement for McBrine is the one announced over the weekend.

As these are the last two matches before the squad for the T20 World Cup is picked, it is a bad time for the North West Warriors skipper to miss out on selection, especially if Singh gets a game and performs this week.

Neither Craig Young nor Conor Olphert were considered as call-ups as they recover from injury but both will be in contention for the trip to Australia. The squad leaves in the third week of next month.

McBrine started the summer as the lead spinner but two overs against the might of India, which went for 37 runs, cost him his place in the T20Is against New Zealand and after two games against Afghanistan when he bowled four wicketless overs for 38, Singh, who hasn’t played a T20I this summer, may get his chance.

The new go-to slow bowler for skipper Andrew Balbirnie is Gareth Delany, the leg spinner who has taken seven wickets in his last five matches at a more than acceptable economy rate of seven.

Delany has struggled in what is his stronger suit of batting this year but he admits he is now more confident with his bowling and it is set to get even better with the arrival of new spin bowling coach, former Australia international Nathan Hauritz.

“While he hasn’t been with us long so far, it’s great to have him join the squad and with his wealth of knowledge we’re all very excited about getting to work with him and see where things go,” said Delany. “He’s settling in very quickly and as a spin unit we’ve already had some very insightful chats with him.

“His main message going forward is that he wants us to be more courageous and to take the game forward in the middle overs – to look to take wickets and don’t be afraid about going for runs.

“Personally, I also feel I’ve regained confidence in my bowling which has helped massively too.”