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Ireland's Harry Tector. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Harry Tector. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Harry Tector. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Harry Tector will give South African fans a glimpse of what they will be seeing on home soil after Christmas when he looks to continue his amazing run of form for Ireland in the first of two T20 internationals in Bristol tomorrow evening.

Two hundreds taken off New Zealand and a T20 half-century against India this summer, plus three fifties as Ireland beat the West Indies in January, have seen the 22-year-old batter courted by white-ball franchises around the world.

His first outing is due in a T10 tournament in the Caribbean later this month, followed by a T20 stint, also with Barbados Royals, and Tector has also signed to play in the new South African domestic T20 in January.

Before that, though, there’s the little matter of a mini-series against the Proteas and five T20s against Afghanistan in Belfast as the Boys in Green build towards the World Cup in the autumn.

“We’ve had a mixed bag in terms of results so far this summer,” Tector said. “But the way we are playing T20s is certainly improving – I think that’s the main takeaway of the summer so far.

“The brand of cricket we are playing means that sometimes we will be bowled out for a low score, but that’s what you see with pretty much most international teams.

“You have to accept that at times if you’re going to get those big scores, and thankfully we’re seeing big scores more and more.”

A first win of the summer is overdue although Ireland came within a big hit of beating India for the first time at Malahide and should have won two of their three ODIs against New Zealand before comfortably losing the T20 series to the Black Caps.

“The belief is there that we can beat the big teams,” Tector said. “We don’t get nervous about any side we play. We go out there and expect to win, and that’s where it has been a bit disappointing this season as we have got so close so many times.

“The flip side of that is we know we’re not far away, and we know we have better cricket in us as well, which is what is so exciting. The ‘no fear’ mentality is key – not just with the bat but with the ball as well.”

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Looking forward to his franchise adventures, Tector believes the experience can only benefit Ireland, and wants to see more of his international colleagues joining him.

“I’m looking forward to playing with some great players in different conditions,” he said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to improve my game, and the more Irish players that can get into these leagues the better.

“It can only stand to our benefit to be learning in those different environments. To learn from other players and other coaches will be greatly beneficial as it will allow us to bring back knowledge for the international squad going forward.”


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