Knee problem sidelines Joyce

18 November 2017 19:29:50 GMTPlus11

Former England batsman Ed Joyce has pulled out of Ireland's squad for the forthcoming ICC InterContinental Cup clash with Scotland and the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan.

The 39-year-old suffered a reaction to his ongoing knee problem following last week's warm weather training at the European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga.

Joyce, who quit county cricket with Sussex last year to pursue his dream of playing Test matches for the country of his birth, has been replaced by all-rounder John Anderson.

Anderson has been playing grade cricket in Tasmania, Australia.

Ireland face Scotland in Dubai in the four-day game starting on 29th November, followed by the ODI series against Afghanistan in Sharjah on 5th, 7th and 10th December.

Meanwhile, fellow Irishman Mark Adair has been released from his current contract with Warwickshire.

At the end of next season Irish cricketers within the domestic game will be classed as overseas players.

Boyd Rankin is therefore expected to leave Edgbaston to compete back in his homeland.

But 21-year-old fast bowler Adair leaves the club with immediate effect.

"Unfortunately for Mark, places in the senior ranks have been limited for him so we believe that it's in his best interests to pursue other opportunities to fulfil his ambitions within the game. We wish him every success in the future," said Warwickshire's sports director Ashley Giles.

Meanwhile, EngandĀ areĀ 26.00 to win this winter's Ashes series outright.

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