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Ireland aiming for more giant killings

Ireland return to the Caribbean for this weeks Twenty20 World Cup eager to create more giant killing acts after their famous victory over Pakistan three years ago.

Grouped with the West Indies and England the Irish know they will have to beat one of Test playing nations if they are to advance to the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup and repeat the success they had last year in England.

Having beating Pakistan in the ODI World Cup the Irish feel confident the Twenty20 format is perfect for further giant killings.

"I think it's easier to pull off a shock in Twenty20 because recovery time is less than in 50 overs," said Irish coach Phil Simmons.

"We have played that little bit more Twenty20 than we had going into the last World Cup, so we are slightly wiser about Twenty20 cricket," the former West Indies batsman added. "That has to be a good thing."

"It's nice (for me) to be playing in the West Indies and for the players to be taking on England too," Simmons said.

"But this is the group we would have taken too; we are happy with that.

"From our point of view, it is about trying to improve our performance every time we take on teams at this level - and Twenty20 is no different.

"It is a format we are not experienced in, but we have to keep picking things up as we go and make sure we use them."

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