Friday 28 November 2014

Spirit of 2007 can inspire ladies – Johnston

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

Ireland's women's cricket coach, Trent Johnston
Ireland's women's cricket coach, Trent Johnston

Trent Johnston has invoked the spirit of 2007 ahead of Ireland women's first match at the World Twenty20 this morning against New Zealand.

Johnston was captain of the Ireland team that famously shocked Pakistan at their first ICC World Cup, and seven years on he is coach of the Irish women's team that makes its debut on the global stage.

"This is exactly what we were witnessing back in 2007 and I have tried to base my preparations on what Adi (Birrell) did back then. It was a formula that worked then and the girls are of similar abilities to what the guys were," Johnston (pictured) said.

"They listen to everything, their commitment is great and as a coach you can't ask any more of them. We are all looking forward to finally getting stuck in to it tomorrow.

"We need to get into the game or stay in the game in the first six overs, whether we are batting or bowling – if that's the case we will give ourselves a chance to win."

Irish Independent

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