Alastair Cook set to lead fringe squad in Ireland

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Alastair Cook is likely to lead an England team minus several star names in a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin next Thursday.

The selectors are preparing to announce an unfamiliar line-up tomorrow morning for next week's one-off match against opponents who memorably beat England in their last meeting during this year's World Cup in Bangalore.

Captain Cook is not expected to be amongst a number of international regulars rested for the clash in Dublin, which is sandwiched between the Test series and five-match ODI series against India. Instead, players on the periphery of the England team are set to be given a chance to impress.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has already confirmed that team director Andy Flower will miss the fixture as they look to manage his workload ahead of a busy winter, with assistant coach Richard Halsall standing in for him.

The squad for September's one-day series and Twenty20 international against India will be announced on August 27.

Along with Cook, Stuart Broad may be one of the better-known names in the squad to face Ireland following his return to form in the Test series victory over India. England's 20-over captain will be looking to be named in the team following his omission from the last one-day international against Sri Lanka in July.

James Anderson is likely to be rested, having suffered a thigh problem which almost ruled him out of the final Test at the Oval while Jonathan Trott is still recovering from his shoulder injury.

Possible squad: A Cook (captain), C Kieswetter (wkt), E Morgan, I Bell, S Patel, T Bresnan, J Dernbach, J Taylor, R Bopara, C Woakes, J Harris, L Wright