Australia v Ireland, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo

Australia dread early slip-up

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September 18, 2012

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Match facts
September 19, 2012
Start time 1530 local (1000 GMT)


Shane Watson pulls off the front foot, Australia v New Zealand, World Twenty20 2012 warm-up, Colombo, September 15, 2012
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Big Picture

Twice in their history, Australia have slipped up disastrously against a less than fancied opponent early in a major event. The first instance came in 1983, when a Zimbabwe team led by Duncan Fletcher - who else? - ground down Kim Hughes' XI in the first round of the World Cup. Twenty-four years later, another Zimbabwe side upset Australia at the outset of the 2007 World Twenty20 in South Africa, a result that confirmed Ricky Ponting's side was less serious than required to deal successfully in the game's shortest variant.

There is a pattern to this. Australia took a long time to collectively grasp the tactical and technical realities of the one-day game, despite taking part in the first ODI in 1970-71 then being at the epicentre of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which used the format as its primary vehicle for public interest. Similarly, T20 has taken time to find its place in the thinking of the 21st century Australian cricketer, not least when donning the national colours. The selection panel appointed in the wake of Don Argus' review has plumped for a specialist captain in George Bailey and a team more weighted than ever in favour of T20 merchants. Flexibility is the watchword, and it will not be a surprise to see Australia's No. 3 differ depending on which of David Warner (Michael Hussey) or Shane Watson (Glenn Maxwell?) gets out first.

For all this progressive thinking Australia retain a whiff of T20 underachievement, an appearance in the 2010 World T20 final against England notwithstanding. Their mottled results were confirmed when they slipped briefly beneath Ireland on the world rankings earlier this month, to the disgust of Australians and the delight of their opponents. Now Ireland have the chance to prove themselves worthy of overcoming Australia in direct T20 combat rather than via the vagaries of the ICC's points system.

Ireland will, as ever, offer plenty of fight, flair and the odd patch of eye-catching skill. In Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien they have two natural hitters to match Australia's most proficient sluggers Warner and Watson. George Dockrell's mature-beyond-his-years spin bowling will also be a critical ingredient on what is likely to be a dry Premadasa Stadium surface, while Boyd Rankin, Trent Johnston and company will benefit from the sage advice of their newly-acquired bowling coach Craig McDermott. Australia should win, but they should also have beaten Zimbabwe twice before.

Form guide (completed matches, most recent first)
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Watch out for

Australia's most incisive bowler against Pakistan in the UAE, Mitchell Starc is capable of decidedly frightening spells of pace and swing. Australia are intent on using Starc and Cummins as the spearheads of the bowling attack, backing their ability to move the ball at high pace over the steadier options provided by Ben Hilfenhaus and Clint McKay. The strategy places plenty of confidence in Starc, who recently has merited it. but there remains the chance that he will lose rhythm and struggle with no-balls. Australia hope Wednesday will not be the day.

Since the 2011 World Cup, Kevin O'Brien has been the subject of a book, the target of plenty of attention from T20 club sides, and a slightly diminished batting presence in Ireland's XI. At the top level of T20 competition, O'Brien has never caught fire in quite the same way as he did against England in Bangalore last year, as a top score of 39* in seven matches at the World T20 can attest. O'Brien knows as well as anyone that he is capable of more, and a striking display against Australia would prove it.

Team news

The young pacemen Cummins and Starc appear to have secured their places in the first XI ahead of Hilfenhaus and McKay, while David Hussey appears out of favour and unlikely to displace either Glenn Maxwell or Cameron White.

Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Michael Hussey, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Cameron White, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Matthew Wade (wk), 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Brad Hogg

Ireland turned out close to their best side for a narrow warm-up victory over Bangladesh, reversing the results of three matches between the two countries in Belfast in July. They can be expected to field a similar combination against Australia.

Ireland (probable): 1 Will Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Gary Wilson (wk), 5 Kevin O'Brien, 6 Trent Johnston, 7 Nigel Jones, 8 Niall O'Brien, 9 George Dockrell, 10 Boyd Rankin, 11 Alex Cusack

Pitch and conditions

The Premadasa Stadium pitch is expected to start dry and get drier as the tournament goes on, so if there is ever going to be any moisture there it may be in game one. However the likelihood is a surface marginally friendlier to batsmen than spinners, with the pacemen hoping for more assistance through the air than off the pitch.

Stats and trivia

  • This is Ireland's first meeting with Australia in a T20 match
  • None of Australia's four leading wicket-takers in T20 matches are taking part. Brett Lee and Shaun Tait have retired, while Mitchell Johnson and Dirk Nannes were not selected

Quotes


"Australia are our biggest threat. If we rock up ready to play and play as well as we can [against Ireland], then I don't think there's a threat."Australia's captain George Bailey is not spending too much time worrying about Ireland

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Posted by Chris_P on (September 20, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

@Hammond. I guess you must have slept through the 06/07 Ashes tour down here. Don't look up the results if you want your happy mood to remain.*Winks*

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

@RJHB on (September 18 2012, 23:54 PM GMT), Ajmal did his part but the England bowlers were even better so I'm afraid that England enter the tournament along with Ireland as the only teams to have won two warmups (SA only played one and won it). I'm quite realistic enough to know that the warmups don't mean all that much but I'm afraid that RnWA has no cause to shut up just yet, other than the fact that even we England fans are sick of his tripe.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

upsets can happen in the world of cricket, like yesterday.. but i am not telling aussie are weak..if they are playing their best cricket they may overcome irish challenge .you can take it from srilanka..see how hard they fight against Zimbabwe and created history..australia cannot loose this match because if they loose their ranking will be below Zimbabwe...pathetic to see...i dont know how can dey play with the kids like camaroon white.. ajmal is a better batsman than him..like my pakisthani friend Hammond told. and you have a big fan Mr. sanga_cricket_fan. he is telling david hussi is the best player..as we all know he is far better than sanga and mahela..but not as gud as Misbah..courtesy Mr. Hammond.. Any way we will support aussie. otherwise their morale will as down as England..with out KP even pakistan can beat them as we can c the 4-0 result..ooooh.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 19, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

@Josh puliampatta, to repeat, I dont think SA , Eng or Aus really care whether they do well on t20s. We just don't care !!!

@Jason Bray, spot-on. Great to see a fellow Aussie ( or Aussie fan ) expressing similar sentiments as mine !! As said before, I would just love to see us Aus beating SA in the test-series rather than doing anything here in what people call as tee-20, if given a choice. Test cricket is the best !! Champion teams are those that do well in tests.

Posted by WishW on (September 19, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta....I really don't understand what you are trying to get at..England are the number 1 ranked team...and last year's Champions...and Australia...hmmmm

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 19, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

@pommyadders and @Gizza, perfect words from you Folks. Well said.

Being a champion in a limited overs game is NO substitute for being a poor test team. SA hasn't won a WC yet but they are respected because of they being a fantastic test team over the years. Though an Aussie, I have to admit that SA's overseas test record is better than us in the last 5+ years. Now thats what we call a champion stuff. Winning a very lottery form without any real test of skill or pressure is not !!!

@Manan, so do you see say that having a world-cup is a qualiification to declare some-one as champion ? That's a gross disrespect for the awesome WI and Aus teams of the past who bull-dozed every other team both at home and away !! They are the champions, the real ones !! There are teams that won these trophies at home but never made it big away from home in tests. I am afraid they are just average ones unlike the real champions mentioned above.

Posted by Marcio on (September 19, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@ Hammond "it's always fun when an Australian cricket team loses". Trust me Mr Hammond, it's not as much fun as my imagining what you are going through every time they win.

Posted by Hammond on (September 19, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

@ChrisP- actually since 2005 haven't felt grumpy much at all..

Posted by jb633 on (September 19, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

@RHJB- May want to retract that statement.

Posted by ScottStevo on (September 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

As much as I would like to see the Irish do well in this type of competition, I fear that the recent rankings may prove costly for them as Australia should be looking to demolish them....

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

@GRVJPR dont forget India's last tours of Aus and Eng.

Posted by bouncedout on (September 19, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@_Australian_

Or, you could stop whinning and support your team...just a thought.

Don't worry, I'm sure that Pakistani chap will be pack to bolster your batting ranks soon enough. For your bowlers however there is no help.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@WishW. You asked: "What if Australia cause an upset by beating Ireland?..." etc. It will be like England causing an upset beating Afghanistan. You can see the similarity, if you look through the same glasses. Understand?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@Pras_Punter. If you really don't care for T-20, why are you hanging around here? And, pouncing on people who care! Every format has its own charm. Every format has its own lovers. Some love all the three formats, enjoying he charm of each. Don't try to play " holier than thou" games. Not quite mature!

Posted by kob123 on (September 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Being Irish we understand and are used to the underdog tag. Just remember, if you tease a dog for long enough it will bite back. C'mon Ireland show some of that bite.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 19, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

This Australian team heavily rely on openers. This is the point opponents should address into. Hope watson & warner guide the ball all over the park. Kevin O'Brian, wonderful player to see. Good Luck for both teams!

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

We wish all success to both Australia & Ireland. No matter who wins. We, Sri Lankans want to maintain the spirit of cricket! Hope great battle between bat & ball.

Posted by pommyadders on (September 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

@MananWad. The toss in a test match is more important than this hit and giggle tournament. A champion is a team who can perform in both skills over 5 days, not one that gets more lucky than the other for 20 overs.

Posted by Gizza on (September 19, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@MananWad, World Cup victories, especially in T20 are hollow when you lose in Test series. Having said that, if you do well in Tests as well as the limited overs World Cups, they tend to be the icing on the cake (like when the Windies and Australia won their World Cups at the same time as their Test dominance).

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Like most Aussies im kind of torn. We love to perform well on any international stage, particularly when its called a World Cup, but lets face it T20 is fast food cricket - quickly consumed and easily forgotten. I personally think T20 's best function is giving associate countries a real chance to compete against the established nations - it provides a more even playing field. So if Ireland does beat us and gets into the semi finals, it might be a bit of a blow to our pride and give our mindless opposition fans a chance to carry on about how bad we are, but its probably a good thing for world cricket overall and no real skin off our nose. After all we have a test series vs SA to worry about.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 19, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

upsets can happen in the world of cricket, like yesterday.. but i am not telling aussie are weak..if they are playing their best cricket they may overcome irish challenge .you can take it from srilanka..see how hard they fight against Zimbabwe and created history..australia cannot loose this match because if they loose their ranking will be below Zimbabwe...pathetic to see...i dont know how can dey play with the kids like camaroon white.. ajmal is a better batsman than him..like my pakisthani friend Hammond told. and you have a big fan Mr. sanga_cricket_fan. he is telling david hussi is the best player..as we all know he is far better than sanga and mahela..but not as gud as Misbah..courtesy Mr. Hammond.. Any way we will support aussie. otherwise their morale will as down as England..with out KP even pakistan can beat them as we can c the 4-0 result..ooooh.

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 19, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

What's C. White doing in the team? lol

Posted by WishW on (September 19, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@MananWad - There is no test Championship...but it means much more to be the number 1 test team than to win some stupid T20 world cup...it's people like you who are killing the game...

Posted by nitingandhi on (September 19, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Aussie do not underestimate irish....they will come hard..rather i would say no one should underestimate the so called minnows in this format...waiting for some exciting surprises.:-)

Posted by MananWad on (September 19, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

@Pras_Punter:: World cup matters.. that is the true test of Champion. and that decides who is champion. Nobody is champion is test cricket as there is no world cup there

Posted by zenboomerang on (September 19, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

@Colm Mooney :- "Ireland has never said they're better then Australia"... Ire have a good allround team these days, so I don't think any team would take them lightly - Bailey is just keeping his cards close to his chest... But your capt William Porterfield has said today that Ire are well capable of downing a transitional Oz side & that Ire is as capable as any team in the world of beating Oz... So by his own words, Ire are as good as any team in the world & that Oz is not a developed team... Take what you want from that... Anyway, I hoping for a good contest by both teams :) ...

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 19, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

IMO The best way to win against the associates is by batting second. One freakish innings from the likes of K'Obrien is all you need in this format where 180 may not be good enough to defend in subcontinent. Hope indians will always bat second through out the tournament.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 19, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

@GRVJPR , who cares if india wins ? Would it really make sense to win this sort of stuff ? Remember 0-8 against Eng and Aus last year ? Now that is the thing that would matter.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 19, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Who cares about this ? On any day, I would happily take test-series wins against SA and India and later the Ashes rather than a trophy for this hit and giggle stuff !!!

Posted by Littleprasan on (September 19, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

If david warner and shane watson fires,Match result could be easily predicted :)

Posted by 1991-Vijendra.Rathod on (September 19, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

I think Ireland will give a great competition to the aussies. paul sterling is my favourite in Ireland team. He is a one of the big hitters, as my opinion. But Aussies also will be aware from Ireland.Watson & Warner "The Two W" can destruct to the whole Ireland.I think it's win of Ireland over Australians.

Posted by vxttemp on (September 19, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

@ RJHB You are talking like Aus plays big against spinners. Let aus also face Ajmal and other spinners. We will also have fun.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 19, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

The middle order of White, Maxwell and Christian is fragile. David Hussey should be in for White and McKay for Christian.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Australia is clearly treating this competition with the respect it deserves. They clearly stated that they would be using all T20s and ODIs as practice for the upcoming tests against S Africa and England. They have a gaping hole at #6. That's why White, Bailey, Christian and Maxwell are playing. It is also why Cunnings and Starc are getting a run. To read anything else into this is over-exaggeration.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 19, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

@Hammond.. Ahhh that's the reason you're so grumpy.. been waiting too long and infrequently the last 30 odd years... Got it!

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Should have chosen David Hussey over White

Posted by sagarsheokand on (September 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

I think CAMERON WHITE was born with the "silverest" spoon ever or may be with a platinum spoon. I guess you can count his good innings on fingers---just so few of them. He is not worth a domestic team too and is still playing in Australian national team and that too in world cup. Greatest luck i would say.

Posted by WishW on (September 19, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

What if Australia cause an upset by beating Ireland?In T-20 even Australia have a chance of beating teams ranked above them....

Posted by shayad on (September 19, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Best 11 1.David Warner 2.Shane Watson(Cap.) 3.Michael Hussey 4.Glenn Maxwell 5.Cameron White 6.David Hussey 7.Matthew Wade(Wk) 8.Dan Christian 9.Pat Cummins 10.Mitchell Starc 11.Brad Hogg

Bailey (capt.but useless player) is weakest link of aus team

Posted by dariuscorny on (September 19, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

Bailey himself doesnot deserve a place in the team,his presence is threat to Australia.BAILEY fails DAILY.........

Posted by Meety on (September 19, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

@RJHB on (September 18 2012, 23:54 PM GMT) - loved the last sentence there matey!

Posted by Hammond on (September 19, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

I may actually watch this one, it's always fun when an Australian cricket team loses.

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 19, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

good luck ireland. its big plus point for ireland that david hussey is not playing. make sure u get the top 3 out as early as possible. if you let them bat through they can be devestating. after that you can easily put the pressure on Australias inexperience. middle order. also we have to remember cameroon white is not at his best form.

Posted by GRVJPR on (September 19, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

All discussions are useless as far as 'Who Will Win the world Cup", because "India Will win It"

Posted by _Australian_ on (September 19, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

@bouncedout... True "The Mighty" have fallen. perhaps we should pay our Shield player more money like county cricket does and we could improve on the back of South African's coming over to make a crust. Actually no I would rather be in our current situation than having that situation as the reason for our improvement.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (September 19, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

A close game in store. With no Dussey & the allrounders starting at six, I hope one of the top three come off otherwise this inexperienced middle order of all rounders will be under pressure. Dockerells bowling will be key, he is more than useful and if there is any assistance for him he will be a handful. Irelands batting is solid as well. Should be a good game.

Posted by vxttemp on (September 19, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

Cameron white is a big joke. Plays one good innings per year. I don't think anyone else in world cricket got more chances than him. Hussey is a far better fielder and player. People say Aussie selectors don't give too many chances - but that doesn't seem to be the case with white.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

@Marcio what planet do you live on?, Australia would kill for a spinner like Dockrell. Granted we only have one proper seamer right now. Boyd Rankin is 6'7 and can hit 90mph. That is faster then some of England's seamers (Broad, Jimmy) as far as I know that is.

Popgunattack that's hilarious.

@yorkshirematt - Ireland has never said they're better then Australia, the only people that are driving that boat is the media.

Ireland fans know what hill they have to try and climb tomorrow. We respect Australia but we certainly don't fear them or any side.

Posted by Biggus on (September 19, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

We sure do dread a slip up against the Irish, and the game will be played hard by our guys, who will be well aware of the potential of the opposition to cause an upset. Bring your best game Ireland and may the better team on the evening win.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 19, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

@Meety. Spot on! Dual qualification is the answer. That way, guys like Nannes could be available for the Dutch if not required by Australia. @Kumail_Asadi. This is a gee-up, right?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

The bookmakers make Aussies heavy favourites and its difficult to disagree. However, Ireland now have 4 threats (Stirling, Kevin O, Dockrell and Rankin) to match any in the tournament - some strong and experienced support (Porterfield, Joyce, Wilson and Cusack) - for the first time in my memory we can have 2 of our big stars fail and still have a chance to post a score or bowl to a finish. In other words Ireland may still be a banana skin but a bigger one than before. I also want to applaud the Irish approach - they went out to acclimatise very early, played more warm up games in country than any others and appointed a fairly good bowling coach :-) We are trying to do the things the right way and we are getting closer - it may not happen tomorrow but it wont be for want of preparation or professional approach. Lets be honest if they won tomorrow it would be a surprise not Ireland V Pakistan 2007 shock - the improvement is there to see - delighted the Aussie captain is not noticing!

Posted by RJHB on (September 18, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

If you're hoping for an early surprise result, forget about Ireland beating Australia, it ain't going to happen. Cast your eye to Colombo however, the potential is there for the Afghans to kneecap the Indians and close the yap holes of a billion Indians for a short while! I'm most looking forward to England facing Pakistan again and absolutely soiling their pyjamas again at the first sight of Ajmal! That'll shut up RednWhiteArmy, something we'd all enjoy!

Posted by Meety on (September 18, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (September 18 2012, 15:16 PM GMT) - I was just about to post the same thing re: Morgan. I would differ by saying that since Ireland are not a Test nation, Morgan would/should be allowed to play Tests for England without requiring any residential qualifications. @Chris_P on (September 18 2012, 22:09 PM GMT) - I wish they could have "duel" qualifications, where Morgan could play Tests for England no questions asked, & should their be a World Cup that Ireland are qualified for, he plays for Ireland. @Marcio on (September 18 2012, 22:21 PM GMT) - just bear in mind Dockrell is about the best short form offie going around & Rankin would not be out of place in most attacks in this format. == == == @Dan Brettig -"...dry surface may bring Xavier Doherty's left-arm spin into the equation." I thought Doherty was not available due to birth of his child??? == == == Hope Ireland do well, but not too well!

Posted by jimbo76 on (September 18, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

DROPPING hussy was a bad move, White and Bailey need to prove the selectors wrong, i dont think Hilfy is a T20 bowler, save him for the test or odi, i think aussies young quicks + hogg will clean the up pretty cheap. watson will do the job with bat and ball, and i just hope Warner dont throw his wicket away.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 18, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

Ireland win by 10 wickets

Posted by Kumail_Asadi on (September 18, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

In my opinion, Ireland will win this match. Australia is shaky in previous all T20 matches. If Watson and Hussy failed to be a key role then absoloutly Australia is losing. A big day for Ireland.

Posted by Marcio on (September 18, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

The problem is that Ireland have a pop-gun attack, and unless they have a huge dose of good fortune, I can't see Warner, Watson, Hussey, Maxwell and co doing anything but posting a big total. That means its up to Stilrling or K Obrien to do a cameo. It might happen, but I wouldn't put my house on it. Australia have a much stronger team and should win this one pretty easily.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 18, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

@SurlyCynic. OK, fair point, now help us understand how Morgan can then play test cricket? That, my friend, is why he is playing for England. There is no poaching involved, just a decision made by a responsible adult who knows what he wants. Can we move on with all this, all this poaching garbage has run it's course. Most reasonable thinking followers have no issues.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

Wishing the best of luck to the Irish!

Posted by kc69 on (September 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Any Irish who performs better in this match might just be picked for English(Commonwealth) team.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

dunt understand what selectors do they should workout with the best team can understand with tait and lee but no nannes....acc. to me he is the finest bowler of t20's

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

If only England would stop poaching Ireland's best players, Ireland could go places. The English selectors and fans should be ashamed, selecting someone like Morgan.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Irish team is getting more and more experienced and well balanced team...they have some very good players like Brien Bros,boyd rankin,dockrell,paul stirling etc..its unfortunate for irish team that eoin morgan had left irish team and he is now playing from england...but still irish team is one of the best associate team and they have a potential to beat every strong team as their batting,bowling and fielding are much better than WI,BAN and ZIM...apart from it Aussies are still struggling against spinners so,(dockrell may be a big threat for Aussies) whereas ireland's victory in both warm up matches against ZIM and BAN proved them to be one of the growing giants in cricket also afghanistan have the same potential and they are growing fast! whereas we see that BAN got their test status very early and still they have a POOR test records...so i think if BAN team deserves test status in their early stage along with Past "POOR" performances...So ICC should also give chance to IRELAND.......

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Australian arrogance at it's finest, Bailey showing no respect to a side who's upset plenty of the ''big'' sides before.

We might lose tomorrow, however if we win then I hope you remember what you said George.

Love to see Rankin send your off stump for a long walk...

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

COME ON IRELAND, it's only the Aussies!!

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

I'm eagerly waiting for this match. Hopefully Ireland will show their good batting and bowling display tomorrow and will prove if they get chance to play more international cricket,they also can be become furious for the opponent.

Posted by DaDaL0G on (September 18, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

There is no match of Australia and Ireland !! but i hope i'd be seen first Upset of the tournament

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 18, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

I think this Ireland are better than Australia" myth will be well and truly put to bed tomorrow

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

yeah warner & watson is d man key ....starc have agreat peace of bowling

Posted by   on (September 18, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

this time Aussies are well prepared and they are a force to reckon!

Posted by CarnivalOfSorts on (September 18, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

Just to say Mr. Brettig that yet again your research on this Ireland team has been very shoddy, their is no way in hell Niall O'Brien will be batting at 8, not to mention some other serious errors in the line up, this is a much more likely team for tomorrow: 1 Will Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien, 5 Gary Wilson (wk), 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Alex Cusack, 8 Stuart Thompson, 9 Trent Johnston 10 George Dockrell, 11 Boyd Rankin. COYBIG!

Posted by Winsome on (September 18, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

I'm not sure how many Aussies were particularly perturbed by being below Ireland. I wish Mike Hussey was in WA playing Shield instead of being at this tournament. If he goes to the Champions League as well, when will he get any long match play before the test series against SA? And it's also good that Mitch Marsh was too injured and too naughty to be in the running for a spot as well. Shield will be far better for his skills in the long term than T20. It's not that I wouldn't like to see the Aussies win, but it's not as important as preparing for the summer coming up.

Posted by bouncedout on (September 18, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

How the mighty have fallen....

But then a lack of talent and an inability to look forward, only back, will do that to a team

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 18, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

As much as it would be to England's detriment, I wouldn't mind Morgan still playing for Ireland as they could be considered a real threat rather than a banana skin with him in the side. Not that I hold it against him for wanting to challenge himself to play the highest level of cricket he can or England for picking the best players available but it would be interesting to see what Ireland could do with all the best players they've produced in the team. Then again, they probably wouldn't be nearly as good as they are without the competition of English domestic cricket to push them. Having been born in Northern Ireland myself and being an England supporter despite my living in Australia, I wouldn't mind seeing a KOB special or the like derailing the Aussies.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 7, 2012
West Indies won by 36 runs
Australia v West Indies at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 5, 2012
West Indies won by 74 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 4, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 16 runs
India v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
India won by 1 run
Australia v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Oct 2, 2012
Pakistan won by 32 runs
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