Friday, January 30, 2015

Cricket World Cup 2015 Ireland team preview and Fixtures

Ireland is a 'surprise package' in every world cup since their debut in 2007 in the West Indies. They stunned England in India in 2011 world cup, Ireland playing with their chances to register Full Members in ODIs and want to perform well in Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. They are the first ICC associate to qualify for the World Cup tournament by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2011-2013.
Group: Pool B
Captain: William Porterfield
Coach: Phil Simmons
Squad
William Porterfield (captain), Kevin O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Niall O'Brien (wicketkeeper), John Mooney, Alex Cusack, Andrew McBrine, Ed Joyce, Max Sorensen, Andrew Balbirnie, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Gary Wilson (wicket keeper), Craig Young and Peter Chase
Strengths
Batting is their main strength despite losing their players to county sides or the England side. It has proved while chasing down a target of 328 during the 2011 World Cup. Their middle order is considered as a strong batting line up among associate nations. Kevin O’Brien is their main batsman
Weakness
They were placed in a pool B with India, South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies. The inexperience is a concern for them. They played against a big team in May 2014 against Sri Lanka. However, they have often punched above their weight the wins against Pakistan and England being prime examples.
Past team experience and record in world cups
Ireland has stunned Pakistan in 2007 world cup. In 2011, Ireland were placed in Group B and lost to India, South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies, and won over England and Netherlands.
Fixtures
Feb 16: v West Indies, Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson
Feb 25: v United Arab Emirates, Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane
March 3: v South Africa, Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
March 7: v Zimbabwe, Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
March 10: v India, Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
March 15: v Pakistan, Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.

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