The Ireland cricket team has announced its squad for the upcoming ODI series against England, and one notable inclusion is Theo van Woerkom, originally from New Zealand. Theo van Woerkom, who has yet to make his debut in international cricket, is poised to represent Paul Stirling’s side in this exciting series.

Previously, Theo van Woerkom showcased his cricketing skills while playing in Ireland’s domestic league for the Northern Knights. He has had a successful career in T20 leagues and also participated in prestigious tournaments like the Caribbean Premier League and the USA’s T20 competition.

However, it’s worth mentioning that when India visited Ireland for a three-match T20I series, Theo van Woerkom was on the verge of making his debut but was ultimately left out of the squad. The series ended with India securing a 2-0 victory, with the final match canceled due to inclement weather.

In the upcoming three-match ODI series against England, the Irish side will be led by Paul Stirling. This 50-over series holds special significance for Ireland as it marks their return to ODI cricket following a disappointing performance in the ODI World Cup qualifiers held in Zimbabwe.

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The squad also features Andrew Balbirnie, the former captain, who is expected to form a formidable partnership with Paul Stirling. Ireland has put together a strong squad to take on the defending World Champions, England, and Curtis Campher has also earned a spot in the lineup.

During a press conference, Ireland selector Andrew White emphasized that Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling would be entrusted with the responsibility of handling the top order in the upcoming series. White pointed out their excellent understanding of each other’s game, which is expected to benefit the Irish side in the 50-over format.

“While the overall composition of the squad remains familiar, we are introducing some significant changes, particularly at the top of the order. Andrew Balbirnie will now open alongside Paul Stirling, a partnership we believe can become a long-term asset in the 50-over format,” commented Andrew White.

Regarding the potential debut of Theo van Woerkom, Andrew White refrained from making any comments or confirming his participation in the ODI series. Nevertheless, he did provide insights into the new batting order strategy.

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“In addition, Curtis Campher will assume the number 3 position, as we have confidence in his technique and ability to excel in this role. He handles pace deliveries as effectively as anyone in the squad, and while he has been a mainstay in our middle order for several years, we believe he can make a substantial impact when promoted up the order.”

“We view this series as a crucial step in the development and evolution of our one-day squad, and our players are eagerly looking forward to the challenge of facing England in ODIs once again, a contest that hasn’t occurred since 2020,” he concluded.