Ireland defeat Zimbabwe as they acclimatise to Sri Lanka
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 11:32 AM
Ireland flew out to Sri Lanka in preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 last week- as they look to make their mark in the tournament.
The team have settled into their accommodation at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo and have been attending training sessions, as well as trying to acclimatise to the humid weather as many of the players may not have faced conditions like these before.
Spinner George Dockrell who played in the ICC U19 World Cup in Australia was surprised by the conditions, "Something we are going to have to contend with over here is the heat, it really is something else. I thought after the Under-19 World Cup in Australia I would be prepared but it's just another level over here, and the humidity is something we're going to have to get used to as well," said Dockrell.
The first few days in Sri Lanka has concentrated on bringing the group together and getting back into the swing things, the star of the ICC Cricket World Cup in India in 2011 who scored a record breaking century and led Ireland to victory over England, Kevin O'Brien has enjoyed what the first few days have brought.
"The first few days have gone by quickly and the boys have enjoyed getting back into the thick of things. With top quality coaching in all assets of the game, added to a first class physiotherapy, strength and conditioning programmes it all looks promising for this tournament as we have everything covered!" says O'Brien.
Ireland have already defeated Zimbabwe in their first official ICC World Twenty20 warm up game by 54 runs, with their second and final one taking place on Monday against Bangladesh before its opening match against Australia on September 19. Former opening bowler for Australia and Cricket Australia coach before he took up his post with Cricket Ireland, Craig McDermott, is confident that his new team can get a result against his homeland.
"It'll be a good game, Ireland have got a well balanced side," he said. "If they play to their ability, which they have in the past in T20s and qualified, they'll give Australia and the West Indies a good run for their money," talking to ESPN Cricinfo.
Joining Ireland as a consultant coach, he needs to put things into place relatively quickly, "To work with all the bowling line-up here is going to be a challenge for me I suppose, I've got to try to do the best I can to produce the best they can over the next two to three weeks. We're looking forward to some proper training leading into some practice matches."