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  • Rankin ready for opening night

    Boyd Rankin believes that his side has prepared well for the event with a month-long tour of the Caribbean and is hopeful that this preparation will help his side do well.

    When Ireland steps out to play the West Indies in Guyana on Friday night in its opening match at the ICC World Twenty20, Boyd Rankin will not be alone in savoring the experience. And after the Netherlands stunned England on the opening night of last year's tournament, Ireland will be hoping to follow in its footsteps and achieve another scalp.


    "It will be brilliant to play on Friday night in front of the home crowd and there should be a big crowd and a good atmosphere and everybody is looking forward to getting stuck in against the West Indies. I know they are a strong side and they have a couple of guys coming back from the IPL but I think it is good to showcase Irish cricket at the top level. We want to go out there and show the world that we really do deserve to be there," said Rankin.


    Rankin believes that his

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  • New Zealand's Suzie Bates believes it is about time the White Ferns took home an ICC trophy having reached both the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2009 and the ICC World Twenty20 2009 - losing both times to England.

    New Zealand's Suzie Bates believes it is about time the White Ferns took home an ICC trophy having reached both the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2009 and the ICC World Twenty20 2009 - losing both times to England.


    "Obviously our plan this year is to win the tournament, it was great last year to make two finals but it was just as disappointing to lose to England twice but I think with this team we've got a core of a group that played in both those finals.


    "We've played two finals and lost two finals and it's about time for us to learn from our mistakes. You can't buy experience like that and for us to have been through two defeats like that is something that has definitely made us stronger and hopefully we'll get one up this time round in the West Indies," she

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  • Dottin ready to lead the West Indies pack

    Eighteen-year-old Barbadian Deandra Dottin is a hard-hitting right hand batter who is ready to pile on the runs for the host nation in the ICC Women's World Twenty20.

    Eighteen-year-old Barbadian Deandra Dottin is a hard-hitting right hand batter who is ready to pile on the runs for the host nation in the ICC Women's World Twenty20.


    The tournament's group stages are being played at Warner Park on St Kitts and Dottin is eager to show the Caribbean islands and the world what the West Indies women team is made of.


    "We're all excited about the tournament and I feel good about us hosting the tournament. I think that the West Indies has a lot to offer with both our batting and bowling and there are a large amount of players who are key to our success in recent months.


    "I definitely think Stafanie Taylor will be one to watch and Stacey-Ann King and I also think spectators should keep an eye out for me too – I'm not saying we're the only three we've got a lot of players who can do really

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  • England Captain Charlotte Edwards is looking forward to defending the title and especially in the West Indies a place she feels in ideal for this type of competition.

    England currently holds the ICC Women's World Twenty20 having won the inaugural tournament in England last year. Captain Charlotte Edwards is looking forward to defending the title and especially in the West Indies a place she feels in ideal for this type of competition.


    The 30-year-old has played in 22 Twenty20 Internationals for her country and believes the mixture of experience and youth in the side will be key for retaining the trophy.


    Looking ahead to the ICC World Twenty20 you will be heading to St. Kitts as defending champions are you nervous about that or are you quite confident  since you were recently in St Kitts, despite the fact you lost to the West Indies in that series?


    We are really excited having been there in November as we saw what the condition are going to be like and I think we actually want to be a

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  • West Indies skipper Merissa Aguilleira said that her side will look to the big-hitting of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin if it is to have any chance of beating the world champions.

    West Indies skipper Merissa Aguilleira believes that her side is capable of challenging England when it begins a three-match ODI series on Wednesday.

     

    Aguilleira said that her side will look to the big-hitting of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin if it is to have any chance of beating the world champions.

     

    What preparations have you done ahead of the series?

     

    Our preparations have gone very, very well. We had a good, competitive series in South Africa and since arriving in St Kitts we have hit the ground running. We had some very good beach sessions and we have been working very hard in the nets. We have been working on some specifics - areas where we believe we need to improve on to challenge England.

     

    Do you think England will be tough opponents being World Champions?

     

    They will be tough

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  • Morkel aims to be pride of South Africa

    We'll do it for the team stalwarts. That's the message from South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel, who says winning the ICC Champions Trophy would be a fitting result for the players who are nearing the end of their illustrious careers.

    We'll do it for the team stalwarts. That's the message from South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel, who says winning the ICC Champions Trophy would be a fitting result for the players who are nearing the end of their illustrious careers.

     

    From the present side, only Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Makhaya Ntini were part of the team that won its only ICC title in Dhaka in 1998 when the Proteas defeated the West Indies by four wickets in the final of what was then known as the ICC Knock-out.

     

    "We need to win this tournament for the people of South Africa, supporters of the South Africa team and also for the players who are in the twilight of their magnificent careers as they would like to improve their CVs and reflect proudly on their careers whenever

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  • Sammy in all-round bid for Champions Trophy

    West Indies young vice-captain Darren Sammy is ready to put up solid all-round performance to take his team through to the semi-finals and hopefully the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

    West Indies young vice-captain Darren Sammy is ready to put up solid all-round performance to take his team through to the semi-finals and hopefully the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

     

    The West Indies won the tournament in England in 2004 and then reached the final two years later in India where it lost to Australia. The 25-year-old from St Lucia believes the role of an all-rounder is crucial for the one-day format and that South Africa is the side with the biggest advantage in the tournament.

     

    Why do you enjoy playing one-day cricket?

     

    I enjoy all forms of cricket be it a Test match, Twenty20 or 50-over cricket. The ICC Champions Trophy is a very prestigious event and provides the opportunity for the top eight sides in the world to go out and compete at the highest level.

     

    The Champions

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