Interview: Captain Gary Wilson speaking after today’s win over Nepal

October 9th 2019 by Craig Easdown | International

Interview: Captain Gary Wilson speaking after today’s win over Nepal

Captain Gary Wilson is pleased with his side's progress - but feels they haven't played their best game yet

MUSCAT – Following Ireland’s win over Nepal in the today’s T20 International in Oman, Captain Gary Wilson was speaking about his squad, the performances over the last week and looking ahead to the start of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier next week.

Speaking from the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muscat, he said:

“I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t put a complete game of cricket together yet this week, and we’re probably still waiting to play our best game. The Hong Kong game on Monday was very good, with that incredible effort of Kevin’s in getting 124 and then bowling pretty tightly as well, but for me the most pleasing game of the last week was perhaps today’s game against Nepal. We really had to scrap around in the end to get to 145 with the bat - I thought Stuart Thompson was outstanding at the end of that innings – but what was more pleasing was the way we kept fighting in the field and the way the bowlers bowled was excellent.”

“We’ve had some very good batting performances of late, and we’ve spoken about the top 3 or 4 taking responsibility to put up big scores – which for us is really the key to putting big team scores on or chasing down big targets.”

Asked about his approach to managing his bowlers, he said:

“In terms of bowler rotation, it’s very much a game-by-game basis. Dockers [George Dockrell] today, for example, bowled his four overs right through, but on other days it might be one, two or three over spells. It’s very much what we feel is required at that time or on a particular day.”

Asked about the feeling in the squad and how comfortably some of the new players seem to have settled in, he said:

“We are pretty confident as a squad overall - the last two to three weeks have helped massively, even going back to the inter-squad games there were a lot of good performances put in there. It’s particularly pleasing to see young guys come into the side and sticking their hands up. Mark Adair I thought has been particularly good with the ball, and then Gareth [Delany] and Harry [Tector] have done a great job with the bat - and Gareth with the ball as well.”

“I guess we’d like to think we have a good dynamic and it’s a credit to the coaching staff who first of all produced those guys, and then the coaching staff we have here as well. And credit to the guys themselves as well who have come into the team and want to put their own mark on it - and they’ve been able to do that.”

Asked about what the next few days entail, he said:

“We’ll have a few days off now. We head to the UAE on Friday and will probably get back into training when we get there. The players will just try to relax and recover in the meantime after what has been a pretty gruelling week in the heat. It’s been tough getting used to conditions - it may have said 34 or 35 on the old thermometer, but it certainly feels a lot hotter than that out there in the middle. But the whole week has been an outstanding exercise for us and overall we’re happy with where we are at going into the Qualifier next week.”


The Irish squad now has a rest day after completing their matches in the Pentangular T20I Series in Oman. They then move to Abu Dhabi on Thursday ahead of the start of the Qualifier.

 

Ireland’s Qualifier fixtures – group stage


14 October: Warm-up match - Ireland v Netherlands
  Venue TBC; start 2.10pm local time / 11.10am Irish time
15 October: Warm-up match - Ireland v Scotland
  Venue TBC; start 2.10pm local time / 11.10am Irish time
18 October: Ireland v Hong Kong
  Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; start 2.10pm local time / 11.10am Irish time
  Watch: Sky Sports Cricket
19 October: Ireland v UAE
  Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; start 7.30pm local time / 4.30pm Irish time
  Watch: Sky Sports Cricket
21 October: Ireland v Oman
  ADC 1, Abu Dhabi; start 2.10pm local time / 11.10am Irish time
23 October: Ireland v Canada
  Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; start 2.10pm local time / 11.10am Irish time
25 October: Ireland v Jersey
  ADC 1, Abu Dhabi; start 10am local time / 7am Irish time
26 October: Ireland v Nigeria
  Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; start 10am local time / 7am Irish time

SQUAD

The squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is:

• Gary Wilson (Northern Knights) (Captain), Mark Adair (Northern Knights), Andrew Balbirnie (Leinster Lightning), David Delany (Northern Knights), Gareth Delany (Leinster Lightning), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning), Shane Getkate (Northern Knights), Kevin O’Brien (Leinster Lightning), Boyd Rankin (North West Warriors), Simi Singh (Leinster Lightning), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Harry Tector (Northern Knights), Stuart Thompson (North West Warriors), Lorcan Tucker (Leinster Lightning), Craig Young (North West Warriors).

 

 


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