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Feb 28, 2011 at 05:48pm IST

'Having played England before will help'

Bangalore: Ireland's left-arm spinner George Dockrell on Monday said they will use the experience of playing against England before to prepare for their next World Cup tie against the English side on Thursday.

After suffering a heart-breaking defeat against Bangladesh in their World Cup opener, Dockrell said they are determined to bring their campaign back on track.

"We are familiar with quite a few of the English guys as we have played against them in the Twenty20 World Cup last summer and before in Belfast. So we know them. We are working on our game plan accordingly since our Twenty20 World Cup appearance," Dockrell said.

'Having played with Eng before will help'

Irish left-arm spinner George Dockrell also said they are determined to bring their campaign back on track.

Dockrell made a name for himself during the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup when he took three for 16 against host nation West Indies and then bowled his four overs for just 19 runs against England.

The 18-year-old spinner said he has not prepared any specific plan for the English batsmen.

"I will try and bowl on my areas. Generally, we do not target any single batsman from the rival team. We have not set any particular target now," he said.

Asked about the Chinnaswamy strip, which suits batsmen as was evident in Sunday's game between India and England, he said, "The pitch seems to be like it will be high-scoring game when we play England in three days' time. Both sides are pretty strong on batting. Fielding is going to be tough."

"Few balls I found did turn at the Bangalore strip. But it is going to be a lot harder as the batting on these wickets are much easier than bowling on right areas. Last night, it was a high-scoring game between India and England. The bowlers need to work hard. I am not daunted by that. All games are going to be like this in these kind of pitches."

On whether the subcontinent pitches help left-arm spinners, he said, "Changes take place from pitch to pitch. In Bangladesh, the pitch was rather slow and still I was able to bowl fuller length. Here, if it works according to my plans, then I need to change my length."

Dockrell said their first aim is to qualify for the second round of the tournament and that they are taking one game at a time.

"At the moment, we are looking at the match against England. We want to take one game at a time and then look forward to the next game against India. We are really concentrating on single game at a time. We are looking to qualify for the second round."

Meanwhile, England batsman Ian Bell said the Irish side has got a lot of experience under their belt, thanks to county cricket exposure.

"The Irish have lot of experience having played in the county cricket in England. We are looking forward to that game. We fully respect the Irish team. We need to play some really good cricket, otherwise we cannot expect to win against them. We now have to focus on the Ireland game having shared points with India," Bell said.

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