T20 World Cup: Jos Buttler rules out complacency against Ireland | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: England Captain Jos Buttler said they have “huge respect” for Ireland and there is no question of complacency creeping in during Wednesday’s Super 12 match at the T20 World Cup.
Ireland, who famously beat England in 2011 EDI World Cup match in Bangalore, eliminated the West Indies twice to reach the second round for the first time since 2009.
England began their quest for a second T20 World Cup crown with a clinical win against Afghanistan and Butler said they would hold nothing back against Ireland.
“Any time you take things for granted or you don’t respect the opposition is when you can get hurt,” the opener told a news conference on Tuesday.
“I think especially in T20 cricket there is the one format where it is as level playing field as any other.
“We give them great respect. We expect a very tough game.”
Buttler said there would be a “natural rivalry” on the field between the two sides.
“I think any time we play some sort of nations close to home it brings natural rivalries. It brings a bit of history of certain things into the game,” he added.
Ireland’s coach Heinrich Malan said they were looking forward to the competition.
“We haven’t played them in white-ball cricket for a long time, so it will be a nice challenge,” said the South African, adding that they are looking for ways to curb England’s explosive batting order.
“Hopefully our bowlers can go out there and be clear in their own preparation.
“They all have their own strengths, and if they can play against them and be clear about that, hopefully they perform well, then we can be on the good side.”


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