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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 April 2007, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
Birrell hopes Ireland bounce back
By Martin Gough
BBC Sport in Barbados

Andrew White was hit on the helmet by Australia's Glenn McGrath
Andrew White was hit on the helmet by Australia's Glenn McGrath
Coach Adrian Birrell hopes Ireland have not suffered too much mental scarring ahead of the World Cup seventh-place game against Bangladesh.

After a heavy defeat to New Zealand, they suffered a nine-wicket thrashing by Australia on Friday.

"There is some bruising that we need to get out of our system - hopefully we can," said Birrell.

"We've got to look at the big picture, the matches we have competed in, and tell ourselves we're a good side."

Ireland struggled against Australia's fast bowlers on Friday as they were bowled out for 91 - the ninth-lowest World Cup total ever.

"It was a gruelling experience to face that kind of pace and consistency. Obviously we've taken a knock and it hurts to be beaten like this," Birrell continued.

"We've bounced back before after bad games but we've had two games in a row that have been tough."

We came over here to put Irish cricket on the map, not just worldwide but in Ireland itself

Ireland captain Trent Johnston
On Sunday, Bangladesh will pose a different challenge, in the form of three left-arm spinners - Mohammad Rafique, Saqib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak.

"The area we have fallen down in during this World Cup is getting squeezed by spinners in the middle order," said captain Trent Johnston.

"We watched Bangladesh when they beat South Africa so hopefully we've come up with a plan to counter those three spinners."

Victory over Bangladesh would give Ireland a place in the official ICC one-day rankings and Johnston said of a possible victory: "It would mean everything.

"We came over here to put Irish cricket on the map, not just worldwide but in Ireland itself. It's a game we have looked at and said we could win.

"Potentially there were another couple where, if we played out of our skins and they had a bad day, we might be able to win but that hasn't been the case.

"We've got to turn it around, have a good session in the nets and be up for the game against Bangladesh."

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