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Injured Mooney left out of World Twenty20 squad

The Notts County all-rounder faces three months out of action after fracturing his finger.

Mooney has not been included.
Mooney has not been included.
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JOHN MOONEY IS the major absentee in Ireland’s ICC World Twenty20 finals squad, which was announced this morning.

The 30-year-old all-rounder, who hit the winning runs against England in the 2011 World Cup, will miss three months of action after fracturing his finger and suffering tendon damage while playing for his club North County and is replaced by Limavady’s Stuart Thompson.

On his omission, Ireland coach Phil Simmons told CricketIreland.ie:

“It’s disappointing for both John (Mooney) and the team. He’s suffered two finger injuries and this latest one won’t heal in time for the start of the tournament. He’s been a major part of the team for the last 3 or 4 years and it’s disappointing we have to go without him.

“This will give others other an opportunity to push for his place and stake a claim. We have guys who can come in and fill the spot and if selected can hopefully fill the role of John Mooney .”

Tim Murtagh, Max Sorensen and Stuart Thompson have all been named in a World Twenty squad for the first time while Niall O’Brien returns after missing out on a qualifier in March.

Ireland, included in Group B of the competition, meet the Australia in Colombo on September 19, and the West Indies five days later.

The full squad is as follows:

William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Nigel Jones (CSN), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Northants), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Stuart Thompson (Limavady), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).

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