George Dockrell and William Porterfield win ODI recalls for Ireland squad to play Netherlands

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Batting form behind Dockrell’s return; Graeme McCarter also in 15-man squad

Ireland have recalled George Dockrell and William Porterfield to their ODI squad to play Netherlands next month, with Curtis Campher ruled out of the series through injury.

Porterfield last played an international in January 2020 and Dockrell’s most recent ODI cap was in May 2019. Both have won recalls to the 15-man squad after being left out altogether for the 3-0 defeat to Afghanistan and the 1-1 draw with the UAE at the start of this year.

Dockrell, who first attracted widespread attention as an 18-year-old left-arm spinner at the 2011 World Cup, has earned his recall after a remarkable run with the bat in domestic cricket, which captain Andy Balbirnie has likened to Steven Smith’s transformation from a legspinning allrounder into one of the world’s top batters.

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