Josh Little has been left out of the Ireland Test squad that will play England at Lord's next month.

The left-armer will have finished his stint at the IPL, but the Irish have decided to save the Pembroke man for the probable 50-overs World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe at the end of June, followed by the T20 WCQ in Scotland in July.

Matthew Humphreys and Ben White are both ommitted, with an emphasis on pace which sees recalls for the injury prone duo of Conor Olphert and Craig Young.

“Regarding Josh Little, although the IPL will have finished, we are very conscious of the need for Josh to rest, recover and prepare for what will be a busy and important summer for us in white ball cricket," said Andrew White.

“It is great news that we can welcome the likes of Craig Young and Conor Olphert back into the set-up, and the next few weeks will be important for both these lads as they increase their workload ahead of this red-ball series.

“We have only gone with one frontline spinner with conditions very different than where we have most recently toured, but Andy McBrine clearly demonstrated his all-round talent and also has the experience of playing at Lord’s in 2019.


Andrew Balbirnie (Capt), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Tom Mayes, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, PJ Moor, Conor Olphert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.