Ireland set for Taunton test
Ireland are to warm up for their inaugural Test match against Pakistan in May by facing Somerset at the start of the 2018 season.
The four-day fixture will be played at Taunton from 6th April onwards.
William Porterfield's team then begin their journey as a Test nation against the Pakistanis the following month.
It will be a special return to the West Country for Irish left-arm spinner George Dockrell who spent five seasons with Somerset.
"I have some great memories from my time in Somerset and made some great friends while I was there," he said. "It's a wonderful place to play cricket and it'll be good to get a run out after a winter of mostly white ball cricket.
"Everyone is buzzing ahead of the historic first Test for the squad and this game will be a great help as we build up to the match."
Ireland have a new coach in Graham Ford, who enjoyed some success with Sri Lanka on the international stage.
Meanwhile, Pakistan follow the one-off fixture at Malahide, Dublin, by taking on England in a two-match Test series.
Pakistan are 3.75 to win Tuesday's fourth one-day international against New Zealand. A Black Caps victory is available at 1.28.
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