Porterfield banking on Ireland out-smarting England

BANGALORE, (Reuters) – Ireland captain William  Porterfield is taking a leaf out of opposite number Andrew  Strauss’s book by concentrating on being “cricket smart” when  they play England in Bangalore today in the World Cup.

Strauss has repeatedly said that only “smart cricket” will  see his team through to the latter stages — although they  nearly came a cropper after forgetting that with the finishing  line in sight against India in Sunday’s tied Group B match.

Ireland are determined to bounce back from their 27-run  opening defeat to Bangladesh.

“It is no secret that our batting line-up had a few soft  dismissals and it is just a matter of being tougher on  ourselves,” said Porterfield yesterday at a news conference.

“We cannot afford to give away a few wickets like that. I  think it is just being cricket smart. It is not anything  dramatic to change.”

He said any sporting meetings between Ireland and England  teams held a special importance. The neighbouring countries have  a long and often bloody history.

“Any Irish sports team playing an English team is always  pretty special for the people back home. They want to see a game  won over the English. I am sure there are plenty watching back  home and hoping for a positive result in the match.”

Porterfield, who played in the last World Cup in 2007 when  the Irish shocked many experts by reaching the Super Eights,  said every game from now on would be vital for them to book a  quarter-final berth.      “We will have to win at least three of the next five games,”  he said. “Every game is kind of must-win from here on.”

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