Batting Coach Wilson Confident About Ireland’s Chances Against England
Ireland is gearing up to face England in their second Test match at Lord’s this Thursday. The last time these two teams met in a Test match was back in July 2019, where the Irish team gave the hosts a major scare before losing by 143 runs on day three. However, batting coach Gary Wilson believes that they are now in a “very different place” compared to four years ago.
A Sense of Belonging
Wilson was part of Ireland’s team during their first encounter with England and reminisced about how there was a sense that getting a Test match at Lord’s meant they finally belonged in test cricket. But he says that they have moved past that stage and are now looking for more opportunities to play against the best teams and secure their first win.
Last weekend, Ireland warmed up for this week’s game with an impressive 10-wicket victory over Essex at Chelmsford. Despite still searching for their first red-ball victory since playing England back in 2019, Wilson remains confident about his team’s chances.
Trusting Their Skills
With the World Cup Qualifier coming up later this year, Ireland has expressed its desire to qualify for the World Cup taking place in India. Wilson admits Josh Little’s absence will be felt as he takes sabbatical after busy schedule but backs Mark Adair to step up and lead from front defending when well prepared English side comes out all guns blazing. “If you take Josh Little out of any side I think there would be an absence,” said Wilson.”But we have other guys there that we are very confident who have shown great skill already. Mark Adair was here at Lord’s four years ago and had a great Test match so we have to trust his abilities too”.
Wilson believes that if Ireland trusts their skills, they will be able to handle even the toughest of opponents since England has some phenomenal players. With the way England is playing right now, however, Wilson recognizes that Ireland needs to play their game and back their high skill level in order to win.
In conclusion, Ireland may not have secured a red-ball victory since 2019 but are determined for success with an upcoming World Cup Qualifier on the horizon. Batting coach Gary Wilson remains confident about his team’s chances against England despite Josh Little taking sabbatical after busy schedule in limited-overs cricket. “We will be working as hard as we possibly can to get a favourable result,” said Wilson.”And with all things considered, I’m sure our players’ impressive skill levels will help us achieve just that.”