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Irish name squad for Sri Lanka

Ireland have named a 13-man squad to take on Twenty20 world champions Sri Lanka in a two-match one-day international series next month.

Coach Phil Simmonds keeps the faith with the squad which went to the World Twenty20 - all 13 men were involved in Bangladesh.

Ed Joyce, who has been in outstanding form for Sussex at the start of the county season, says that home advantage will give them a chance of pulling off an upset.

"I'm convinced we have a real chance of beating Sri Lanka because it's fair to say they won't relish the conditions we're likely to encounter in early May in Dublin," he said.

"We tied with Pakistan at the same venue last year, and lost the second match by a narrow margin when we looked like winning it.

"It was a very special occasion for me to score that hundred in front of a sell-out crowd but it was a bitter-sweet experience as we eventually lost that game. Hopefully this time we can go one better and record our first Dublin victory against one of the big teams.

"I've only played one international match against Sri Lanka during the 2007 World Cup, so I'm really looking forward to the challenge of facing some of the world's best bowlers.

Test yourself

"As a player you always want to test yourself against the best, and there's no doubt that the Sri Lanka attack very much comes into that category."

Simmons added: "We've resisted the temptation to make any changes, as the guys have been magnificent over the past few years.

"We've turned in some fantastic performances against Full Members in recent times, but it's a reality that we still haven't recorded a major victory here in Dublin - although we seem to be getting closer every year.

"What better way to break that duck than with a win over reigning world champions? That would be a great thank-you present to the Irish fans who have made our last two fixtures sell-outs."

Ireland ODI squad: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson