CM – Andrew Balbirnie has decided Ireland will fire after the World Cup nightmare

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Andrew Balbirnie has insisted that Ireland’s five-game white ball series against USA, which begins in Florida tonight, is a chance to break away from the disappointment of the T20 World Cup and no warm-up for next month’s second leg of the tour to the West Indies.

Although preparations for the first T20 international were hampered by the cancellation of the warm-up game and the absence of five players due to Covid, the captain claims 61 To be back in action days after their humiliating loss to Namibia.

« We actually wanted to play against some of our opposition players (an invitation team from the USA), but in the end we had a pretty good session on Monday, which included a couple of hours of range hitting, so there wasn’t a match to play. It didn’t have too much of an impact, « Balbirnie said in a press conference before the series about Zoom.

 » We’re going to the S erie, to win all the games we play here, it’s a different challenge, new terrain for us. We had some interference with Covid cases, but the 11 players who play tomorrow will be an exciting team and we hope we can start the tour well. ”Balbirnie also confirmed that he is not in the ODI – Squad needs to get on to complete the team for today’s kick-off, but with Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little and Craig Young all unavailable, it means the team is choosing itself.

Dockrell from Dublin and Little from Sri Lanka didn’t arrive in the States until late Monday night so they weren’t considered for the game and Delany and Young are both isolated.

But Shane Getkate and William McClintock, who weren’t selected for the World Cup, will take their place in the middle, the two powerful additions to the team and both have clearly defined roles.

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“At the World Cup it was clear where the problems were. It wasn’t rocket science to see where we lost the Namibia game, ”said the captain. “The openers did their stuff and we didn’t capitalize on it. Our limit count in the middle (overs) wasn’t good enough and we picked Shane and William to do this job.

« Shane is going to hit five and when you look at him out here he hits the ball as cleanly as everyone else and you need that confidence to play with that free mind. We don’t want to put too much pressure on our clubs and have five or six more games before the T20 qualifiers (for the next World Cup) in February to hopefully get something going and find a different approach. ”

Another power hitter on the roster, Delany, is a bad miss, and it will be interesting to see who gets Ireland promoted to third in their absence for the next two nights – the second game is under the lights of Fort Lauderdale / p> Balbirnie will open the innings with Paul Stirling and ODI wicket keeper Lorcan Tucker will play as a specialized batsman.

The US team was badly hit by Covid and head coach Jag Arunkumar, who played for Downpatrick in the mid-2000s, had to hire three U19 players. It would be disappointing if Ireland doesn’t recover with a morale boosting victory.

Ireland: P Stirling, A Balbirnie, M Adair, C Camphor, S Getkate, W McClintock, L Tucker, S Singh, N Rock, B McCarthy, B White.

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