Rush opener Stephen Doheny is looking to make the next step up on the international ladder as Ireland Wolves series against Namibia gets under way.

The opener has been in Australia over the winter, becoming the latest Irish player to appear for Randwick Petersham in Sydney.

Doheny believes the experience has been really beneficial, especially on the mental side of the game.

“I have been able to work on many different things whilst playing in Sydney – but importantly mindset," said Doheny.

"With the two-day format in grade cricket you are forced to put value on your wicket because you might only bat once in three weeks - as I found out the hard way, having not faced a ball in a game for the first month of my trip.

“Technically, being able to acquire a different perspective on how I approach my game has been a benefit to me. It is interesting to see how the players from Randwick approach their cricket in being familiar with the conditions that are foreign to me.

“Being given the opportunity to train with such high-calibre players with so much experience playing at a high level is exceptional. I found it so interesting to see how players like Daniel Bell-Drummond, Daniel Sams and Jason Sangha approach their training and their game, which can only help me improve my game going forward.”

Doheny is expecting a tough series against the senior Namibian side who like Ireland have qualified for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

“I am expecting a competitive series versus Namibia - they gave our senior guys a good run last time out, so it should be a good challenge. I’m just looking forward to playing with the Wolves again and hopefully, I can put in some good performances in the green shirt. All in all, should be a great tour.”

One person who won't be there to witness the Wolves in action is Head Coach Graham Ford who is returning to Ireland to recuperate from a fractured vertebrae and three broken ribs.

The first games are taking place at Centurion Park on the same pitch that England and South Africa scored a bucketload of runs at the weekend.

Head Coach Pete Johnston is expected to make full use of his squad of 14 for the back-to-back games on Tuesday, and with the hot temperatures, it's sure to prove a tough task for both teams.

There are nine players with senior experience in the squad, while most eyes will be on Wolves debutant Curtis Campher who will be in the unique position of making his Irish debut without having set foot in the country. The South African U19 all-rounder will be joining YMCA in April.

The first match gets under way at 7.30am (UK/Ireland).

T20 Squad

Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Nathan McGuire, Jacob Mulder, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

50-over Squad

James Cameron-Dow, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, James McCollum, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Gary Wilson, Craig Young. The fixtures 18 Feb 2020 - 1st T20 v Namibia; 2nd T20 v Namibia 21 Feb 2020 - 3rd T20 v Namibia 23 Feb 2020 - 4th T20 v Namibia; 5th T20 v Namibia 26 Feb 2020 - 1st 50 over match v Namibia 27 Feb 2020 - 2nd 50 over match v Namibia 29 Feb 2020 - 50 over match v Northern Titans Select XI