Cyclone may hit Ireland’s plans, but complacency is the real danger

Category two storm set to hit Queensland base on Friday morning

 Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien of Ireland celebrate the wicket of Darren Bravo of the West Indies during the  World Cup match at Saxton Oval  in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Niall O’Brien of Ireland celebrate the wicket of Darren Bravo of the West Indies during the World Cup match at Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

 

A nine-day gap between the game in Nelson and the Pool B outing against the United Arab Emirates at The Gabba in Brisbane saw Ireland’s squad given a few days of r&r to spend on the Gold Coast beaches.

Those plans were blown off course due to the impending arrival of cyclone Marcia, which is due to hit the Queensland coast as a category two storm early on Friday morning.

All Gold Coast beaches will be closed on Thursday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology warning of winds of up to 150km/h and rainfall of between eight and 20 inches.

The cyclone will have moved through long before Ireland’s encounter against the UAE next Wednesday, although Australia’s Pool A match against Bangladesh at The Gabba on Saturday afternoon could be affected.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons was already wary of the long gap between games and has highlighted the coming days as key in getting the intensity back up to the level it was leading into the West Indies game.

Ireland have enjoyed complete domination over the UAE in modern times, having not lost to them since the disastrous World Cup qualifier in Toronto back in 2001.

Warning of the danger of complacency, Simmons said: “The next five days are the most dangerous in the whole of this tournament because we know them well, guys maybe take their eyes off the ball and say ‘well look, it’s the UAE’, so the next five days are going to be very, very tough.

“We have to make sure we get back up to that level where we were the day before the West Indies game.”

Confidence

“I think we completely outplayed the West Indies, we outfielded them, that was easy to see. I think we stuck to our bowling plans a lot better than they did and I think our batting was well and truly above theirs.

“It was a great starting point for us in the tournament and we’re looking forward to the next game against the UAE.

“The objective coming here to the World Cup was to win six games in the group stages. We know we’ve got the talent in the team and the self-belief within the squad that we can go deep into the tournament. The first win was always the crucial one and we’ve started the tournament on the right foot and we’re looking forward to Wednesday’s game.”

Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan will miss the One-Day International against former side Ireland at Malahide on Friday, May 8th after being allowed to play the full Indian Premier League season.

The Dubliner captained the side the last two times England have been here, making a match-winning 124 not out in the six-wicket win in front of a sell-out 10,000 crowd in Malahide in September 2013.

Ravi Bopara, who made an unbeaten 101 and shared an unbeaten 226-run with Morgan in the game, will also miss out after joining Morgan at Sunrisers Hyderabad, along with former England star Kevin Pietersen.

Morgan has been struggling with his form of late and the England captain was forced to justify the decision to allow him to put his IPL commitments before England duty ahead of their vital Pool A meeting with New Zealand in Wellington.

Opportunities

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.