Australia play their first match of the ongoing ICC T20I championship 2012 against Ireland in the group matches of Group B Wednesday today at at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Australia which recently went down in ICC T20I ranking after its 2-1 loss against Pakistan in Dubai, is facing Ireland in a bid to face save its image. Australia presently ranks a notch lower than Ireland.
However, the Australians would be in no mood to give against in Ireland as they did against Pakistan in the third T20I at Dubai. After losing the series, 2-0, the dismantled Pakistan in the third T20I for just 74. Shane Watson, Baily and David Warner are in pretty good form and may become a threat to Ireland.
As for Ireland, they have a reputation of giantkillers in short-form cricket, upsetting Pakistan in the 2007 one-day World Cup and repeating the dose against England in 2011.
Let us see if Aussies can bring themselves back in top ranking from now on.
The opposing squads are as under:
GJ Bailey*, SR Watson, DT Christian, PJ Cummins, XJ Doherty, BW Hilfenhaus, GB Hogg, DJ Hussey, MEK Hussey, CJ McKay, GJ Maxwell, MA Starc, MS Wade†, DA Warner, CL White
WTS Porterfield*, AR Cusack, GH Dockrell, DT Johnston, NG Jones, EC Joyce, TJ Murtagh, KJ O'Brien, NJ O'Brien†, WB Rankin, MC Sorensen, PR Stirling, SR Thompson, AR White, GC Wilson†
Umpires Aleem Dar and HDPK Dharmasena
The match is scheduled for Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 10:00 GMT at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
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