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Dockrell targets England upset

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George Dockrell

Spinner George Dockrell bowled superbly in Ireland's defeat to Bangladesh and is now targeting a shock victory over England

Spinner George Dockrell has warned England that Ireland are determined to deliver an improved performance when the two teams meet in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Ireland slipped to a 27-run defeat at the hands of co-hosts Bangladesh on Friday and will be the underdogs when they take on Andrew Strauss’ side, who impressed in a thrilling tie with India yesterday.

However, 18-year-old slow-left armer Dockrell, who returned impressive figures of 2-23 from 10 overs in his side’s opening match, said: “We’d definitely like to get our World Cup going with a win on Wednesday.

“We were disappointed with the game against Bangladesh. Now we’re looking forward to this England match, to get our first win.”

Dockrell’s excellence with the ball - combined with that of Andre Botha and battling knocks from Niall and Kevin O’Brien - almost saw Ireland to a famous win over the Tigers in Dhaka.

While that result would have been a boost for all of the lesser sides in the competition, it would have represented a massive blow for Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.

He too is a left-arm spinner and one Dockrell has sought advice from as he seeks to expand his game. The pair first crossed paths in back-to-back ODIs in Ireland last summer, when Shakib offered some tips that almost came back to bite him last week.

“Shakib is a very talented cricketer and someone I look up to a lot as a spinner,” Dockrell added.

“When we played in Belfast last year I had a bit of a chat with him about spin bowling and international cricket. He’s a bowler I always look at and I watched him during that game.

“He was very helpful and getting his view on how I bowled at him that day was very useful. Picking his brain on how I could progress was brilliant.”

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