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Ireland cricket: Balbirnie believes T20 World Cup in USA will be a success

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After losing their recent three-game series to Pakistan despite winning the first encounter, Ireland will complete their preparations with warm-up matches against the Netherlands and Scotland knowing where they need to improve.

“Yeah, I think certainly our fielding wasn’t good enough in the second and third games,” Balbirnie added.

“It’s not easy on a small ground against a batting line-up like Pakistan.

“So when you do create a couple of chances like we did in both games, you have to take them or else you’ll be punished and we were punished.

“I think we could have got bigger scores in the last two games, but no, I think we won’t fear anyone going into the World Cup against India and Pakistan, Canada and the USA.

“Form doesn’t really play a big part in it, but certainly confidence does and I think the guys are pretty confident at the moment and we just want to keep rolling with that confidence going into Scotland and Holland next week.”

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