Cusack firing on all cylinders

Thu, Apr 22, 2010 10:59 AM

Cusack firing on all cylinders
Ireland all-rounder Alex Cusack is feeling ready for the ICC World Twenty20 with all the preparation he and the side have done ahead of its opening match against the hosts West Indies on the first day of the event.

"My personal preparation has been that I've done a batting camp with the ICC in Dubai for two weeks, lot of batting, bit of bowling and lots of fitness, then it was back to Dublin for three weeks before we headed out to Jamaica for our own warm-up series and then we've got some time in Trinidad for a camp before we head down to Guyana for the start of the tournament," said Cusack.

The 29-year-old who plays for Clontarf in Dublin is looking forward to making his maiden trip to the Caribbean.

"This will be my first trip to the West Indies but I'm pretty sure the rest of the guys who were out there in 2007 are pretty excited to be heading back to the islands. It should be good and I'm really looking forward to the whole experience," he said.

Associate side Ireland, who qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 alongside Affiliate side Afghanistan, will be joining the host nation as well as England in Group D in Guyana.

"It's a tough group," he commented, "Both England and West Indies are good sides and on their day they can do well but I don't think there is a huge difference between any of the sides ? it just depends on the day really. Hopefully we can play our best and maybe get an upset."

Cusack is one to watch with the bat for Ireland having previously made impressive performances with the bat and enjoys the shorter format of the most out of all three types played.

"I suppose I enjoy Twenty20 cricket because it's a lot shorter, it's fast paced, you have to think in your feet, you can just come in and go for it rather than think too hard ? it's all good fun.

"Whether it's more of a batsman's or bowler's game, I think it depends on if you're on a good wicket or not, but if you are more often than not it's a batsman's game but the bowlers can come into it.

"Especially the spinners who can pick up a few wickets here and there - I think anyone can change the course of a game during its duration but I'd say mainly it's the batsmen that do it," he concluded.

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