Confident Ireland ready for formidable Sri Lanka test

Ireland head coach Graham Ford is hoping the fell-good factor within the Irish camp will carry over into Wednesday’s T20 World Cup encounter with Sri Lanka.

“Probably about half the squad I know pretty well, and the coach [Mickey Arthur] I know very well,” Ford said.

“We know they are going to be a very competitive and energetic unit – they have had previous successes in this format in previous years and previous T20 World Cups.

“They have a special group – and have some players that can do some unorthodox stuff – but our lads have a lot of information on them, and at the end of the day it will be all about how we play on the day.

“So, it will be a huge game for us but I think it will be a really exciting challenge – we’ll focus on going out and really enjoying this opportunity.

“We pitched up against Netherlands with a real positive energy and commitment, and if we bring that again on Wednesday then we give ourselves a good chance.”

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