Laura Delany has been ruled out of the ongoing West Indies T20I series with an ankle injury, and Pembroke all-rounder Kim Garth takes over the captaincy reins for the two remaining games this week.

Delany was struck on the ankle when bowling in Sunday's 64-run loss, suffering a small fracture that has her on crutches and out of action for about four weeks.

23 year-old Garth has won 104 caps since making her debut back in 2010, and has skippered the side on two previous occasions.

“We are all thinking of Dellers [Laura Delany] at this time. It was an unfortunate but painful injury she sustained and we look forward to seeing her back on the field as soon as she recovers," said Garth.

"Despite the circumstances, it’s always a privilege to take on the captaincy of a national side and I look forward to the challenge over the next two matches. The West Indies showed why they are rated one of the world’s best sides, but we know that our squad contains a lot of promise, so it’s a matter of getting back out there and showing the world what we know we can do.”

Mary Waldron will become the vice-captain for the series, while Anna Kerrison has been called up into the squad as a replacement for Delany.

Ireland and West Indies meet in two further T20 Internationals on Tuesday and Wednesday, with both games at Pembroke's Sydney Parade starting at 4pm. There is free entry to the games.