Ire­land face three-time win­ners Aus­tralia in World T20 opener

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

The Ire­land women’s cricket team open their World Twenty20 cam­paign with a tough as­sign­ment against three-time cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia in Guyana on Sun­day (8pm Ir­ish time).

The heat will be on in ev­ery way with tem­per­a­tures of over 30 de­grees ex­pected through­out the week at the Prov­i­dence Sta­dium in Georgetown.

Ire­land will also face Pak­istan, In­dia and New Zealand in Group B as they look to break their duck in the tour­na­ment af­ter win­less runs in 2014 and 2016.

All four games will be broad­cast live on Sky Sports and Ir­ish skip­per Laura De­lany be­lieves her side will take a lot of con­fi­dence into the opener af­ter an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their fi­nal warm-up game.

“The win against Sri Lanka could not have come at a bet­ter time for us. To fin­ish our warm-up games with such a con­vinc­ing win against the team ranked sev­enth in the world – three spots ahead of us – has in­stilled a lot of con­fi­dence in the group.”

There is also no short­age of ex­pe­ri­ence in the squad with over 1,000 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances among the 15 play­ers.

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