Ireland set for extensive Cricket World Cup preparations Down Under

The Ireland cricket team are set play eight games in Australia and New Zealand as part of a month long tour to as they prepare for next winter’s World Cup.

The squad will depart in late September, playing four one-day matches in Australia before travelling to New Zealand in early October, where it will play four more one-day games in Hamilton and Christchurch.

“This tour is a great opportunity for the squad to acclimatise ahead of the competition,” said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

“The World Cup promises to be a fantastic occasion for Irish cricket and their fans. The squad can’t wait to play in a World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It’s going to be a wonderful tournament and I know just how much everyone is looking forward to it.”

The tour falls under the remit of the International Cricket Council’s High Performance Programme (HPP), and during the tour, Ireland will also be able to call on a number of specialist coaches and former players from both countries, to support their training and planning sessions.

Ireland’s fixtures Down Under:

  • 30 September: Ireland v Queensland Bulls – Kerrydale Oval, Gold Coast
  • 2 October: Ireland v Queensland Bulls – Redlands Oval, Brisbane
  • 7 October: Ireland v Comets/NSW 2nd XI – Manuka Oval, Canberra
  • 9 October: Ireland v Comets/NSW 2nd XI – Manuka Oval, Canberra
  • 16 October: Ireland v Northern Districts – Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • 18 October: Ireland v New Zealand XI – Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • 21 October: Ireland v Canterbury – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
  • 23 October: Ireland v Otago – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
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