T20 World Cup: Australia wary of giant-killer Ireland | Cricket News


MELBOURNE: Australia captain Aaron Finch said his side cannot afford to take Ireland lightly in Monday’s T20 World Cup competition, especially after Andy Balbirnies side carried out a massive killing spree against England.
Ireland stunned England in a rain-soaked Super 12 contest on Wednesday to join defending champions Australia and England on three points, two behind Group 1 leaders New Zealand, from as many games.
“They’ve got some seriously talented players,” Finch said of their opponents on the eve of the game in Brisbane.
“They also have a lot of experience, especially at the top of the order, so they are never a team you can take lightly.
“If the wicket has something in it, they have very good bowlers to maximize it as well.”
Australia will want to increase their net run rate, which is behind England and Ireland’s, but Finch said they must first put themselves in a position to push for it.
“We saw how damaging Ireland can be when you give them a sniff in a game,” said the opener.
“You have to do the basics first and make sure you get your team in a position where you can push forward if that happens.
“I think the last thing you want to do is push too hard and leave yourself with too much to do.”
Australia have assembled a string of explosive batsmen in their line-up, but Finch said the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Tim David could also play the anchor role.
“Tim David has a lot more batsmanship and skill than people give him credit for,” Finch said.
“He’s someone who can potentially go up and see through an inning.”


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