Ireland and England will lock horns with each other for a two-match One-Day International (ODI) series from May 5 (Friday). Ahead of the first match, which is slated to be played at Bristol, Ireland coach John Bracewell believes his side can upset any team on their day and are in a confident mood playing against their neighbours. The Irish camp will be eager to turn things around after a disappointing show against Afghanistan in the shorter formats played at Greater Noida. On the other hand, England are coming on the back of a whitewash in a three-match ODI series against West Indies. Bracewell also shared his thoughts on his side’s dream of playing in whites and how they are getting close to attaining the coveted Test status. Full Cricket Scorecard, England vs Ireland, 1st ODI, Bristol
Talking about his team’s chances against England, Bracewell said, “Historically, it’s massive. The guys have been looking forward to this for a long time. The opportunity has come round and they are pretty excited about it. We are as competitive as any side and they have proven that over the last 10 years. On their day, they are capable of knocking over one of the big teams and that is what we aim to do over at least one of these two games, hopefully both”, Bracewell was quoted as saying by SkySports.com.
Ranked 12th in the ICC ODI rankings, Ireland are also positive of attaining Test status in future and Bracewell claims that his side has made great strides towards fulfilling their ambition. “That’s one of the great dreams and, once again, historically that’s what they have been working for. They have got a lot of processes in place and now let’s see what happens. You never know in cricket until you cross the line”, he concluded.