Sunday 22 July 2018

Kimi primed to return for German GP

FORMULA 1: Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed he is 100 percent fit to compete in Sunday's German Grand Prix after recovering from his horrific smash at Silverstone.

Raikkonen damaged ribs and sustained bruising to his left ankle and knee in a 150mph, 47G impact into a metal guardrail down Wellington Straight on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.

He insists there should be no after-effects when he returns to the cockpit of his Ferrari this weekend, starting with practice at Hockenheim today.

"I had some pain, mainly in my ribs which is why I didn't do the test, but it's all gone away now, it's all fine," said Raikkonen.

"I've probably had a bigger shunt in the past - hopefully not too many more.

"As I said it hurt a little bit, but quite often you can have quite a slow accident and get badly hurt

"It was just an unfortunate thing. Nothing serious happened. It's part of the sport."

Poy's captain role

CRICKET: Andrew Poynter will captain Ireland for the first time in the series against Sri Lanka 'A' which gets under way in Belfast next week.

The Clontarf batsman has been in prolific form this past 12 months, and successfully captained the Ireland 'A' squad in the 10-wicket win at Malahide against the MCC last Friday.

It's a real family affair for Poynter, who will have his younger brother Stuart keeping wicket, having been released by Durham to play in the games.

There are four uncapped players in the 14-man squad, with opening bowler Peter Chase, batsmen Nick Larkin and Chris Dougherty, and all-rounder Barry McCarthy hoping to make their senior debuts against the Sri Lankans.

At the other end of the spectrum, all-rounder Andrew White will be hoping to become Ireland's most capped player, having been level with Kyle McCallan on 226 caps since his last appearance in the InterContinental Cup final win against Afghanistan last December.

IRELAND (SQUAD): Andrew Poynter (capt) (Clontarf), John Anderson (Merrion), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Malahide), Chris Dougherty (CIYMS), Nick Larkin (North Down), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Graeme McCarter* (Gloucestershire), Barry McCarthy** (Pembroke), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Eddie Richardson (North County), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Andrew White (Instonians), Craig Young (Bready).

Note: Graeme McCarter only playing game on July 23, and will be replaced by Barry McCarthy for matches on July 25 and 27.

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