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New Poll, Who will be Ireland’s key in the world cup?

January 28, 2011

With the world cup only 21 days away and fast approaching my thoughts turn to how Ireland will fare, and who will be their key player to this campaign.  So to try and get the general view as to who this player will be I am opening up my first poll of 2011, and it will be asking ”Who will be Ireland’s key in the CWC 2011?”. The options available are left-arm spinner George Dockrell, paceman Boyd Rankin, skipper William Porterfield, wicket-keeper/batsman Niall O’Brien and, fresh from England, Ed Joyce.

Ireland’s opening world cup match will be played against Bangladesh in Mirpur on February 25th. Throughout the campaign Ireland will also be playing England, India, West Indies, South Africa and the Netherlands. Ireland will be hoping to achieve a win over The Netherlands and possibly cause another upset reminiscent of 2007. Just last July Ireland achieved a win over Bangladesh and they will be hoping to do the same next month.

With the addition of Joyce to the team the batting line up is looking alot stronger and more reinforced that ever. The Irish bowling line up has always been it’s stronger aspect and with the Indian pitches suiting our young spinner George Dockrell the bowlers is also looking stronger. Ireland will be looking to prove to the world just how impressive this Ireland team can be. Ireland will also be looking to show the ICC that Ireland are deserving of test status. With the CWC reducing its number of teams from 12 to 15 in 2015 Ireland will be pushing more and more for the elusive 5 day game as it has not yet been decided if those countries outside of the top 10 will be able to qualify.

The game that all eyes will be on will be the Ireland V England match to be held on March 2nd. It will be Joyce’s first game playing for Ireland against England, since his return to his home nation. With Eoin Morgan surely to be playing for England it is certainly shaping up to be the game to watch.

Last week Ireland announced it’s squad to be playing in the world cup and today they left for India. The team is injury free and hopefully it will remain that way. We have many players who can all perform as well as their test playing counterparts and are not to be underestimated. I am asking the readers of my blog to tell me who you believe will be the key to Ireland’s world cup campaign. If you vote ‘other’ please comment on this post and let me know who that other is and why. Happy voting!

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