Ian Johnston has followed Matt Dwyer and quit his post as an Ireland selector.

It is another blow to new coach Phil Simmons who has now lost two selectors in the space of three days.

Dwyer quit on Monday citing pressure of work commitments but Johnston has been more forthcoming. He said he was "surplus to requirements", adding there had not been a selection meeting, "either formally or otherwise".

Simmons chose the team to play Kent last Sunday on the advice of his predecessor Adrian Birrell and then named the squad to face Somerset and Hampshire this weekend, again without consulting the, then, two surviving selectors, Johnston and William Wilson.

The latter met Simmons for the first time "for 30 seconds" at Stormont last Sunday but they have not spoken since.