Australia vs Ireland T20 World Cup 2nd Match Preview:
ICC T20 World Cup 2nd match between Australia and Ireland is an incredibly important fixture in their group as this could decide which team makes it through and it will be a tough match. You would say Australia should win but their T20 record isn’t that great so Ireland are well in the hunt to progress in this group but they must win this match. Australia’s most dangerous player is David Warner but unfortunately he has been in woeful form with the bat. George Dockrell will target Warner early as he has a habit of getting out to the spinners but Dockrell will also look to take advantage of the pitches in Sri Lanka.
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has hinted that Clint Mckay will carry the drinks meaning Starc, Cummins and Hogg will be the bowling attack also with Christian, Watson and Maxwell to chip in. David Hussey also has been dropped in favour of Glen Maxwell and Cameron White which is a huge surprise. David Hussey is the second highest run scorer in Twenty20 internationals for Australia behind David Warner and is also the leading T20 spinner for his country, with 19 wickets at 19. In an unfortunate irony Hussey retained his Cricket Australia contract when the list was reduced from 25 to 17 midyear because of his expertise as a short form player. Hussey has gone despite equally patch performances from Cameron White and Dan Christian. David Warner is a match winner and can win a match on his own shoulders but that looks extremely unlikely based on his current form but you never know Warner could just explode one match. George Dockrell will look to exploit the weakness early of Warner which is spin and don’t be surprised in Dockrell opens the bowling. Dockrell has been in decent form and should do pretty well at this tournament but in the warm up he had one good game taking 3/28 against Zimbabwe and another going for 19 off 1 over. Warner has a brutal strike rate of 140.00+ but having scored 1 half century in his last 10 games will be a worry for Australia.
Ireland’s World Cup triumph over Pakistan in 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean is yet another example of their ability to surprise big teams. The Irish men have won both their warm-up matches in the build up to the championship and interestingly, they were also briefly ahead of Australia on the ranking list earlier this month, something that Kangaroos will be wary of. Having lost to minnows Zimbabwe in the same championship in 2007 and being bundled out at the group stage in the 2009 edition, Australia will have a tough task at hands on Wednesday. Irish batsmen, have been in good nick with opener Paul Stirling leading the charge with a quick-fire 71 off just 41 balls against Bangladesh and experienced Neil O’Brien coming good against Zimbabwe. Ireland also boasts of big hitting Kevin O’Brien, who registered the fastest ODI century in the 2011 World Cup to see his team through against England. The team will further be buoyed by the presence of left-arm spinner George Dockrell, who was recently adjudged the Associate Player of year 2011. The Irish quicks will, however, be led by experienced Boyd Rankin along with Alex Cusack. Porterfield may also play veteran Trent Johnston to add solidity to the side.
Squad for ICC World Twenty20 2nd Match:
GJ Bailey*, SR Watson, DT Christian, PJ Cummins, XJ Doherty, BW Hilfenhaus, GB Hogg, DJ Hussey, MEK Hussey, CJ McKay, GJ Maxwell, MA Starc, MS Wade†, DA Warner, CL White
WTS Porterfield*, AR Cusack, GH Dockrell, DT Johnston, NG Jones, EC Joyce, TJ Murtagh, KJ O’Brien, NJ O’Brien†, WB Rankin, MC Sorensen, PR Stirling, SR Thompson, AR White, GC Wilson†
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