jezzer wrote:nelly the elephant wrote:jezzer wrote:Anyone watch the highlights of the Ireland UAE game last night?
What a stunning game. Went right down to the wire.
15 years ago, the words "mental toughness" and "Irish Sport" were never seen on the same page. Now, it seems like we're famous for it. What a turnaround in sports psyche on this little island of ours.
After Harrington, the Irish rugby team, Munster, Leinster, Katie Taylor and so many other role models with grit and composure under pressure, it's amazing to see how infectious that has become. Even the Irish football team's draw away with Germany was mainly achieved through composure and mental toughness.
Last night, watching the cricket team pull it together at the death - and doing it by taking calculated risks between the wickets and by slogging the ball when the chance came up, it shows how success breeds success not just inside a team or a sport, but in a country too.
The heroes of last night were the Wilsons, the Dockrells, the Balbirnies who were so composed at the crease in difficult circumstances. Bodes well for the rest of the tournament.
I got up to watch it live Jezzer........a great result in the end the way we gutsed it out but I think we effectively gave them another 100 runs to their total with undisciplined bowling..... Kevin O'Brien being a particular culprit. It made our run chase more difficult than it should have been. Like you say though, great mental strength on display and it was the UAE bowlers who couldn't keep it together at the end and apply the necessary pressure.
Yeah, for everything good Kevin did in the match he did something not so clever. For me it was Wilson and Dockrell who won that game.
The South Africa game will be a great barometer of where we really are. Be also interesting to see how we get on if we're put in to bat first.
Our lack of any pace ruthlessly exploited by the SA batsmen... I set the alarm for 3.30...woke, saw that ABdeV had won the toss and went back to bed. Good call me!
Hopefully we can get a respectable score...250+ ...that might limit the damage to our run rate?