Ireland target consistency as next hurdle for World Cup surprise package
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Ireland have been the surprise package at the T20 World Cup, eliminating two-time champions the West Indies to get beyond the first round of this tournament for the first time since 2009.
The second-lowest ranked team remaining in the competition have now blown their Super 12s group wide open, bouncing back from their Sri Lanka defeat to beat England in a rain-affected game on Wednesday.
Ireland are used to causing upsets on the global stage but Malan hopes facing top-tier teams on a more regular basis can lead to these results becoming more frequent and less of a shock.
Malan told the PA news agency in advance of facing Afghanistan: “The more we play big games and the more we play consistent cricket at big levels, we’ll get better at it.
“That’s our challenge: to be consistent, I’ve said this since I’ve been appointed.
"The end goal is to be consistent across formats.
“There’s a fair few challenging aspects.
"But that’s hopefully what I can bring to the table and hopefully we can create some consistency over a period of time.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Ireland have little time to bask on their latest triumph over their near-neighbours – 11 years on from their seminal 50-over World Cup win at Bangalore – as they take on Afghanistan at the MCG on Friday.
Asked for his targets for the rest of the tournament, Malan replied: “We want to try and win.
"That’s the nature of the beast.
"But that’s the outcome part of it.
“We’ve seen over a period of time, if we keep focusing on controlling our performance, sometimes the bounce of the ball will give you the result and sometimes it won’t."But at least we’ve got something measurable and that’s the brand of cricket we want to play.”