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Simmons blasts Ireland for being complacent


Ireland coach Phil Simmons has blasted his team for being complacent during their two Twenty20 World Cup warm up games in the West Indies.

The Irish lost both games in disappointing fashion against New Zealand and Afghanistan and go into their first group game on Friday against the West Indies looking to bounce back.

"We didn't start the game well. We can't have five wickets down for 30 runs in eight or nine overs and expect to be competitive in a game," said Simmons.

"It's a case of complacency and bad batting as a whole. We've just got to make sure that we get rid of that complacency."

"We lost four going into the (Twenty20) World Cup in England last year and we lost two coming into the (50-over) World Cup here three years ago so that does nothing for us," he added.

"The thing about it is that before yesterday and today we had done everything that we wanted to do leading up to the competition."

"Two days doesn't change anything. I think it's a case of us making sure that between Thursday and Friday morning that mentally we get prepared for what it the biggest game since we've been on this tour."

"I think the guys are capable of doing that. We've had two bad days but two bad days don't make a summer, as they say."

"I think we still have the desire to come on Friday and perform."

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