The Northern Knights duo of James Cameron-Dow and James McCollum are both set to feature in Ireland's first overseas Test which gets under way on Friday morning against Afghanistan in India (4.30am).

The pair have impressed in the run up to the game, and Head Coach Graham Ford and William Porterfield are expected to name both in the starting line-up in Dehradun.

28 year-old Cameron-Dow played in four of the ODI series as part of a spinning quartet and impressed everyone with his displays, extracting turn and bounce on helpful pitches.

The pitch for Friday's encounter is one which has already been used during the T20 games, so not unexpectedly spin will be the primary weapons for both sides.

Paul Stirling was an unused option during the ODI's but the Belfast man's versatility could well benefit James McCollum if the Irish opt to strengthen their at times fragile batting.

Stirling could well join Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell and Andy McBrine as the spin options, with Simi Singh excluded.

Singh endured a lean time with the bat, and that could pave the way for Waringstown batsman McCollum to seal a starting berth.

McCollum's debut lasted just one ball, but his prolific form in the interprovincial series and Wolves side means he will get a chance to atone.

The 23 year-old made successive half centuries in the first-class matches against Sri Lanka A earlier this year, and those impressive displays against serious opposition will stand him in good stead against Afghanistan.

Indeed, McCollum may yet be chosen to open the innings, with Stirling moving into the middle-order, where he plays for Middlesex in the County Championship.

Speaking on the eve of the Test, Stirling said:

I think there will always be something special about every Test match we play in.

"The rivalry between these two teams is what sets this one apart from others, both sides will go in believing they can come out on top.

"Test cricket will always be different to the other formats. There is nothing better for a player than celebrating with team and staff after a hard earned victory, so I can only imagine it would taste even sweeter after a Test match.

"Everyone will want to be part of that first win which can be this week if we play our best cricket over the five days.