Tuesday 29 July 2014 

Ireland To Tour Australia, New Zealand

Ireland pose for a team photo
Ireland will play four games in Australia and four in New Zealand ahead of the 2015 World Cup
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Ireland will tour Australia and New Zealand to play a series of one-day games in September and October as preparation for the 2015 World Cup.

They will play four games in Australia and then head to New Zealand for another four matches to gain experience of the sort of conditions they can expect when the World Cup gets underway next February.

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

"We’re grateful to the ICC and in particular, Richard Done, for his help in making it possible.

"It’ll give us some much needed match practice in Antipodean conditions against a high standard of opposition.

"We aim to be as well prepared as possible in order to claim more headline wins against Full Members, and this tour is an important aspect in that preparation.

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth added: "We're planning to take 18 players on the tour to give everyone a chance of staking their claim for a place in the final 15 World Cup squad.

"It's our intention to have the three players who don't make the cut on stand-by playing club cricket in Australia, so they too are fully acclimatised if we have any players injured during the event.

"The eight games will provide invaluable experience for the players. Queensland Bulls will be using the two matches against us to prepare for their 50 over domestic competition, while the games against the Comets/NSW 2nd XI will feature players trying to force their way into the first team set-up.

"The fixtures in New Zealand see us playing first-class sides Northern Districts, Canterbury, and Otago as well as a game against a New Zealand XI."

Ireland are in Pool B of the World Cup and will play India, Pakistan, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

The 2015 event will be Ireland's third World Cup appearance after first qualifying in 2007.

Ireland in Australia/New Zealand

30th September: Queensland Bulls v Ireland, Gold Coast
2nd October: Queensland Bulls v Ireland, Brisbane
7th October: Comets/New South Wales 2nd XI v Ireland, Manuka Oval, Canberra
9th October: Comets/New South Wales 2nd XI v Ireland, Manuka Oval, Canberra

16th October: Northern Districts v Ireland, Seddon Park, Hamilton
18th October: Northern Districts v Ireland, Seddon Park, Hamilton
21st October: Canterbury v Ireland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
23rd October: Otago v Ireland, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

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