Eddie Richardson called into Ireland squad for England one-dayer
Uncapped all-rounder Eddie Richardson is in Ireland's squad for their one-day international against England.
Last Updated: 22/08/13 11:43am
Richardson has been in superb form in two tiers of Irish domestic cricket this season, scoring almost 1,000 runs and taking 50 wickets.
Ireland will be unveiling their new 10,000 capacity home at Malahide in north Dublin when they take on England on September 3, and the match is already a near sell-out.
Richardson is part of a 13-man squad for the game, and he said: "It's a dream come true for me really. I can't wait to pull on an Irish jersey.
"I've worked really hard on my game, especially the last two years and it's fantastic that the selectors have rewarded this with senior recognition."
The squad includes seven county regulars and coach Phil Simmons hopes they will be able to test England, who they memorably beat at the last World Cup in India, to mark such a special occasion.
"It's certain to be a fantastic atmosphere at Malahide, given that nearly 8,000 tickets have already gone," Simmons said.
"The players can't wait to play at the new venue, and with England as the opponents, there's always that little extra edge which you get when playing a 'local derby' so to speak.
"It would be something special for the team to give the fans another famous win, which is certainly possible with the talent we have in our ranks."
Ireland squad: Porterfield (Warwickshire, capt), Dockrell (Somerset), Johnston (YMCA), Joyce (Sussex), Mooney (North County), Murtagh (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), Richardson (North County), Sorensen (The Hills), Stirling (Middlesex), White (Instonians), Wilson (Surrey).