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Thursday's Cricket World Cup gossip

Ireland's players celebrate victory
Ireland's victory keeps their hopes of progressing into the last eight alive

REACTION TO IRELAND'S VICTORY

Veteran Ireland all-rounder Trent Johnston, who was captain at the 2007 World Cup and helped see them home against England, has warned that any hope of elevating Ireland to Test status is "probably a good while away."
Full story: Cricinfo

Ireland hero Kevin O'Brien said his record-breaking innings of 113, which saw his team pull off one of the most incredible upsets in cricket history with a three-wicket win over England, was reminiscent of his youth when he and elder brother Niall used to play in their back garden.
Full story: the Guardian

The big-hitting batsman is hoping his century - the fastest in World Cup history - will attract the attentions of an Indian Premier League franchise ahead of the fourth edition of the big-money Twenty20 tournament, which starts next month.
Full story: the Asian Age (India)

O'Brien suggested England did not have any bowling plans at the death as Ireland "took advantage" to seal the remarkable victory.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

TMS summariser Simon Hughes suggests England's lack of yorkers during the latter stages of Ireland's innings was the reason why they lost in Bangalore.
Full story: Daily Telegraph

Former England captain Nasser Hussain says Ireland should be applauded for producing "cool, calm, calculating cricketers".
Full story: Daily Mail

Former Australia wicketkeeper and England selector Rodney Marsh has helped hone O'Brien's talents following an 18-month spell working with the 27-year-old in Dubai. Marsh is the director of coaching at the ICC's Global Academy in the emirate.
Full story: Dominion Post (NZ)

Ireland's exploits in Bangalore earned high praise from Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. "This is an outstanding achievement by the Irish cricket team. To defeat one of the best sides in the world by chasing down a runs total of over 300 is quite remarkable," said Robinson.
Full story: Belfast Telegraph

The odds on an England victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium were as short as 1-2,000 at one stage in Bangalore.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Former captain Michael Vaughan says England must improve or kiss goodbye to any hopes of lifting the World Cup for the first time.
Full story: Sheffield Star

OTHER GOSSIP

Australia batsman David Hussey says his brother Mike is "desperate" to get into the World Cup squad, having been omitted from the initial party because of injury. The Aussies have a place available after paceman Doug Bollinger returned home with an ankle injury - but are delaying selecting his replacement to keep their options open. (AFP)

Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan says he regrets pulling out of a coaching stint with Australia's emerging spin bowlers, according to his manager. (AFP)

Former World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev believes India's bowling is weak compared to their batting unit.
Full story: Manorama Online (India)



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