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No reason why Ireland can't win ODI series against Sri Lanka - William Porterfield

William Porterfield (left) and Angelo Mathews (right) posing with the trophy ahead of the series.
William Porterfield (left) and Angelo Mathews (right) posing with the trophy ahead of the series.
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Ireland captain William Porterfield has expressed confidence in his side’s ability to sneak a crucial series victory over Sri Lanka in the upcoming two-match One-Day International campaign.

In the coming months, Ireland have ODIs scheduled against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and New Zealand.

Porterfield has termed the series against Sri Lanka as a huge opportunity for Ireland to claim a victory against a top-ranked full-member side and is excited about the contest.

“It is a start of a busy Irish summer.

“The lads are looking forward to it.

“It is good to get a decent day’s training in today and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”

“We’ve played some very good cricket here.

“This is a big opportunity for us to get a series win against one of the top-ranked sides.

“There is no reason why we can’t come away from this with a 2-0 win. It is going to be exciting.”

Ireland are likely to hand a debut to uncapped pacer Barry McCarthy, who has impressed with his bowling in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast for Durham, taking seven wickets from five games.

Impressed with McCarthy’s work ethic, Porterfield said that he is looking forward to seeing the 23-year-old in action against Sri Lanka.

“He (Barry McCarthy) is settling very well.

“He had a couple of days with us in Australia when we were there and he impressed us with his work ethic.

“Looking forward to him getting out there.

“He’s had a good few games for Durham this year as well which has been good for him to get those games and the experience under his belt.”

Sri Lanka have called up the likes of Farveez Maharoof and Upul Tharanga for the ODIs against Ireland and England.

Despite the addition of such experienced campaigners to the squad, Porterfield believes that Sri Lanka will still have to adjust to the conditions in Ireland and is looking to use that factor to their advantage.

“We’ve been watching bits and pieces of it (the England v Sri Lanka Test series).

“Sri Lanka have improved throughout the series but have lost a couple of games.

“No matter who you are, if you are losing games, the common understanding is that your confidence will be slightly low.

“They’ve still got a few changes from the Test squad to the One-Day squad but they still have to come here and adjust.

“That is something we can use to our advantage.”

The two ODIs between Ireland and England will be played at Malahide in Dublin on 16th and 18th June respectively.

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