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England have handed three players their ODI debut for the clash against Ireland in Malahide.

Opening batsman Michael Carberry, Zimbabwe-born batsman Gary Ballance, and perhaps most intriguingly, Irish-born bowler Boyd Rankin all make their 50 over bows.  

Rankin, 29, makes his debut against the country he was first introduced to international cricket by after he switched his allegiances to seek an England test career.

Non-test playing nation Ireland are becoming used to losing the cream of their talent to England, the visitors stand-in captain today, Eoin Morgan, did the same back in 2009 and has since started a test career.

The Warwickshire quickie has featured in one Twenty 20 match for Ashley Giles' side against New Zealand earlier this summer.

Michael Carberry, 32, has also had a taste of international action back in 2009 when he picked up his one and only Test match cap in the the tour to Bangladesh. 

The powerful Hampshire batsman has been in great form for his county this season, and his form has earn't him a recall.

For Ballance, 23, this is his first senior international action, he has only appeared for the England Lions before, and similarly his big-hitting for title-chasing Yorkshire has put him on the map of the national selectors ahead of the winter Ashes Test series.

Somerset's young bowler Jamie Overton, 19, has missed out on the chance to become England's youngest player as wasn't selected.

Most of the hosts' side has experience of County Cricket, including William Porterfield, Tim Murtagh and the man who cracked a century to give Ireland their most famous victory against England in 2010, Kevin O'Brien.

Only David Johnston, John Moody and Max Sorensen aren't affiliated to an English county.

Ireland: Porterfield (C), Stirling, Joyce, N O'Brien (W), Wilson, K O'Brien, Mooney, Johnston, Dockrell, Murtagh, Sorensen

England: Carberry, Wright, Taylor, Ballance, Morgan (C), Bopara, Buttler (W), Stokes, Tredwell, Finn, Rankin

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