Colombo, Sep 18: Australia will be wary of Ireland as they begin their quest to complete the set of world trophies at the ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Wednesday.
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Australia, who once dominate cricket in both Tests and One Day Internationals, have struggled to come to terms in T20s. Recently they had slipped lower than Ireland in the ICC rankings. Now, they are ninth, one place above their Group B rivals.
George Bailey-led side will be hoping that there is no upset in the second game of the tournament at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Ireland are confident after winning their warm-up game against Bangladesh on Monday by five runs. Australia, however, enter the tournament having lost to England in practice match on the same day.
Australia, who reached the final of World T20 in 2010, will rely on the explosive starts of David Warner and Shane Watson.
Left-arm chinaman bowler, Brad Hogg, at 41, is capable of troubling opposition batsmen. Irish batters might find it tough to negotiate Hogg's variations.
The swing of left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, pace of young Pat Cummins will be on view on Wednesday.
For Ireland, big-hitting Kevin O'Brien has to do well. Young left-arm spinner George Dockrell will hope to impress on the global stage. Dockrell will be motivated by the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award, which he won on September 15.
Group B's other team is West Indies. They are one of the favourites to win the title.
Australia: George Bailey (captain), David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Hogg, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Ben Hilfenhaus.
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (wicketkeeper), Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Max Sorensen, Stuart Thompson, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Third umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Fourth umpire: Simon Taufel
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Match starts 3.30 PM IST
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