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England v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Group B, Bangalore

Ireland look to make statement

The Preview by Andrew McGlashan

March 1, 2011

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Match Facts

March 2, Bangalore
Start time 2.30pm (0900 GMT)

George Dockrell was impressive again for Ireland, Afghanistan v Ireland, ICC WCL Division 1, Rotterdam, July 4  2010
George Dockrell already has a county deal and may soon have to decide between Ireland and England © Getty Images
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The Big Picture

Has everyone caught their breath after Bangalore's last match? It was an epic tie and the remaining games in the tournament will struggle to match it. Still, this group looks set to provide most of the intrigue over who will make the quarter-finals because Ireland are good enough to upset one of the big teams.

They had a great chance against Bangladesh until the batting failed to chase down 206 but now have England in their sights. While the cricket rivalry between the two countries has yet to reach the level seen in rugby, for Ireland this is a massive contest where they'll be desperate to make a statement and cause a shock.

England will need to be on their guard and will want an improvement in the bowling department which, apart from Graeme Swann against Netherlands and the immense Tim Bresnan against India, has been below par. Lifting themselves after the events on Sunday won't be easy. Ireland have come close to claiming their scalp before. In the hangover of the 2009 Ashes, England hung on for a two-run victory in Belfast and at the World Twenty20 last year, Ireland believed they had a good chance of chasing down 120 before the rain came in Guyana.

Ireland are a leading light among the Associates, showing what is possible with a well-structured game and a core of experienced players. A number of mini-battles will be worth watching, including Ed Joyce against the England attack, the Warwickshire duel of Boyd Rankin bowling against Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, and the vastly talented left-arm spinner George Dockrell.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
England TWLLL
Ireland LWLLW

Watch out for...

George Dockrell will be bowling against potential future team-mates on Wednesday. The 18-year-old left-arm spinner is one of the finest Associate bowlers in the world and has earned himself a county contract with Somerset. The talk is that the England set-up has also taken note of his talent. He showed what he is capable of with the superb figures of 2 for 23 against Bangladesh - a team that should play spin pretty well - and on his Twenty20 international debut he bowled his four overs for 19 against England. His contest against Kevin Pietersen, should Dockrell open the bowling, will be fascinating, but he'll be happy with any scalps to his name.

How long will experience carry Paul Collingwood along? The early stages of his World Cup campaign have not been disastrous by any means - an important innings against Netherlands and a few useful overs - but his wild hack against Zaheer Khan was a disappointing shot. England will stick with him, as they so often have, but a player batting in the top five and supposedly a key bowler needs to produce more than bit-part performances. If England play a five-man attack, are Collingwood's cutters so vital? If not, Ravi Bopara is waiting in the wings.

Team news

England are waiting to see how Stuart Broad responds to training after his stomach bug before declaring him fit to face Ireland and that decision may not come until the morning of the game. If Broad has recovered, James Anderson's place will be under threat after two shocking matches against Netherlands and India. There also remains the wider issue of balance after Michael Yardy came into the side against India, but the middle looked light on hitting power.

England (possible): 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Kevin Pietersen, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Michael Yardy, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Ajmal Shahzad

William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, confirmed they had a fully fit squad to select from but the side they played against Bangladesh was probably the best eleven. It's down to the batsmen to put up a better showing, although Alex Cusack is another all-round option should they want to make a change.

Ireland (possible): 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Niall O'Brien (wk), 5 Andrew White, 6 Kevin O'Brien, 7 Andre Botha, 8 John Mooney, 9 Trent Johnston, 10 George Dockrell, 11 Boyd Rankin

Pitch and conditions

There was a distinct tinge of green to the pitch the day before the game and the bowlers will hope that's still evident come match day. If not, expect another batting paradise which, coupled with a fast outfield, should lead to another bat-dominated match.

Stats and trivia

  • These two teams met at the 2007 World Cup in Guyana, when England won by 48 runs. They could select five players from that match if Ravi Bopara is recalled, while Ireland can boast eight survivors although one, Ed Joyce, has now switched sides.

  • If Jonathan Trott scores 64 he will equal Viv Richards and Kevin Pietersen as the fastest player to 1000 runs in one-day internationals.

  • After his career-best 5 for 48 against India, Tim Bresnan needs four more wickets to reach 50 in ODIs, while Trent Johnston needs two to reach the same milestone


"He's a lot better today. He's going to practice, and he'll be keen to get out there and bowl some overs in the nets. Broad brings us a bit of height advantage, he just gets that extra bounce. He's good at the death as well, and in the Powerplays. He's a lot more experienced than myself or Ajmal."
Tim Bresnan hopes Stuart Broad will be back to boost the England attack

"The day after the game and that night the lads were pretty gutted. It's no lie, anyone that loses a game like that you're going to be pretty down, but that's professional sport."
William Porterfield admits it took a while to get over the Bangladesh defeat

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Posted by John on (March 2, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

@VivGilchrist, lol. Ironically enough that's not too far from the truth.

Posted by Dinker on (March 2, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

@Landl47 i have been following your comments right from pre ashes articles till date.and i have to say this latest post of yours is very very very disappointing.you seemed to be a real cricket enthusiast with good knowledge about the game and above everything else genuine regard for test cricket.just what do you mean by "it won't be India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, even though any of them would be delighted to have him." How about Muralidharan wanting to play for England .Wouldnt ECB give their right hand to recruit him given 1)End batters hopelessness against spin especially Warnie 2)lack of any quality spinner in England for decades before the arrival of Swann (or should i say second coming)...can site numerous such hypothetical examples..and by the way for your info a couple of Asian players have turned up for England and NZ who would never have been picked for india eg-Deepak Patel,Samit Patel or even Monty and forget about Aus wanting to recruit Fredericks........

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 9:59 GMT)

I feel somewhat sorry for the Irish. Every time a young gun shows potential, he's snaffled by England. I'm not calling England out as dishonest or anything like that. But it's an unfortunate accident of geography and a wily English setup that has held them back from being a competitive cricketing nation.

Posted by Deon on (March 2, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

South Africa "B" VS South Africa "C" ....The dilema is who should is who do you support??

My guess is err, South Africa!!!

Posted by Ch Adnan on (March 2, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

Dont expect Ireland, Wales or Scotland to be at the level of Test nations. It will never ever happen. All the talented and good players are being picked by England. Its simply awful. First Eoin Morgan got place in English team, now their eye is on George Dockrell.

ICC is doing more damage to these three nations by not putting ban on Talent Drain. This is gross injustice to these nations as they are regulalry losing their best players to England. Just imagine if Eoin Morgan would be in Irish team at the moment, I think they could have more chance of a win against Bangladesh.

ICC should introduce a new rule, a player should only play for the country for which they played their debut match(international).

Posted by Basil on (March 2, 2011, 6:28 GMT)

Good game for England. They can see first hand who Irelands best players are so they can recruit them in time for the next Ashes.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 2, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi. I like the cricket playing ability of Ireland. But why some people are always blaming Bangladesh when comparing these countries. yes, it would be better and surely it is the best time to give Ireland TEST STATUS. Then from next World cup 2015, 12 team can be competed (11 Test side including Ireland and 1 from Associates) . Good luck IRELAND.

Posted by John on (March 2, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

@jasonvoorhees2019: Come on, who do you think you're kidding? India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would take, say, Dale Steyn in a heartbeat if he wanted to become a test player for them. The only reason they don't have players from other countries is that no-one except their own nationals wants to play for them. Dockrell, being Irish, has no realistic prospect of playing test cricket unless he joins a nation that is already a test nation. He will therefore qualify for another country. It will probably be England (although if I were him I'd go for Australia), but I guarantee it won't be India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, even though any of them would be delighted to have him.

Posted by Shashank on (March 2, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

Guys.........Just Enjoy d Amazing game of Cricket....!!

Posted by a on (March 2, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

Bangladesh Cricket is not dependent on any foreign sponsors and about the supporters? I think B' Team has even better support base than that of any other Team. Anyway best wishes for Ireland.

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