'Oz squad not complacent ahead of Ireland clash'

Published: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 12:25 [IST]
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'Oz not complacent ahead of Ireland'

Sydney: Australian selector Merv Hughes has claimed that there was no complacency within the squad after a three-hour training session ahead of Thursday's clash against Ireland at Clontarf.

Hughes, the selector on duty for the limited-overs leg of Australia's tour of the British Isles, said the team was treating the match against the non-Test playing Irish as they would any other game.

"Every game's important. If you get ahead of yourself and you're worrying about England and you don't pay Ireland the respect they deserve then they can sneak up and bite you a bit," Hughes told local radio station RTE Radio.

"The big thing is plan for the game that's coming up and that's exactly what we're doing here. Training yesterday was light but there was plenty of enthusiasm and the whole team looks very switched on at today's training session," he said.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said he was expecting Australia to play with their usual energy as players aim to impress ahead of the five-match ODI series against England starting next Tuesday, according to reports.

"We think we can beat any of the top teams but most importantly we have to play to the best of our ability and if they are less than par on the day then we have a chance of beating them," Simmons said.


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