ICC World T20 2012: Ireland win toss, opt to bat against Australia

Brad Hogg will aim to continue his good bowling performance after finishing with a three-wicket haul against New Zealand a few days back Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Sep 19, 2012

Ireland skipper William Porterfield won the toss against Australia and elected to bat first in their ICC Twenty20 Championship match at Colombo.

Ireland’s World Cup triumph over Pakistan in 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean is yet another example of their ability to surprise big teams.

The Irish men have won both their warm-up matches in the build up to the championship and interestingly, they were also briefly ahead of Australia on the ranking list earlier this month, something that Kangaroos will be wary of.

Having lost to minnows Zimbabwe in the same championship in 2007 and being bundled out at the group stage in the 2009 edition, Australia will have a tough task at hands on Wednesday.

Bailey said, “The wicket shouldn’t change much. We’re going with an all-out pace attack. Hoggy is 41 but his energy is phenominal. I’m enjoying captaincy, looking forward to the tournament.”

The Irish skipper said, “We’ve got some dangerous players in the line up and the guys are ready. We’re the underdogs and we’re fine with it”

Bailey said, “The wicket shouldn’t change much. We’re going with an all-out pace attack. Hoggy is 41 but his energy is phenominal. I’m enjoying captaincy, looking forward to the tournament.”

The Irish skipper said, “We’ve got some dangerous players in the line up and the guys are ready. We’re the underdogs and we’re fine with it”

Teams:

Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, George Bailey (c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade (wk), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc

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