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Coach sure Ireland can beat England

Trent Johnston bats during the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Group B match on Monday.

Ireland's cricket coach is confident that another victory over England can be achieved when they clash next year in a one-day international.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012
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Coach Phil Simmons was speaking at the ticket launch for the event which will be held at the new international venue at Malahide Castle.

Ireland sensationally defeated England last year during the World Cup in India.

Simmons said: "There's a new belief in Irish cricket and that comes from the confidence the players have from beating teams like England.

"There's no doubt in my mind that the result in Bangalore brought home to the squad that they belong at the elite level.

After major renovations, the Malahide venue just north of Dublin can now boast a capacity of up to 11,500.

If the ground was filled, this would be the biggest crowd to ever witness an international cricket match in Ireland.

"The new international venue at Malahide is going to be a fantastic resource for both the players and the fans," Simmons added.

"It's bound to be a magnificent occasion as we take on England, and I'm sure the fans will once again come out in large numbers to support the team."

Ireland will be hoping their new venue sees a change in luck in their home clashes against the auld enemy, having lost the three previous encounters on Irish soil narrowly by 38, 3 and 11 runs respectively.

John Mooney, who hit the winning runs when Ireland beat England in that epic World Cup battle said: "It's going to be a great occasion to play England again and it'll be a superb boost to the team to have a capacity crowd behind us.

"There's always an extra edge and a great atmosphere when Ireland play England at any sport and it brings out the best in us all.

"It's extra special for me in the fact that the game is in Fingal and I'm hoping the new venue at Malahide turns into a real fortress for Irish cricket."