Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Porterfield aiming high

William Porterfield

Ireland captain William Porterfield is confident his side can belie their underdog status and progress from the group stages of the World Cup.

The Irish have been placed in Group B, where England, South Africa and co-hosts India are well fancied to take the top three slots.

Speaking ahead of Ireland's first World Cup warm-up game against New Zealand in Nagpur on Saturday, he said: "Realistically I think we have a great chance of getting out of our group. The top four out of seven get there and then there is the knockout stage where anything can happen in one-off games."

He added: "If we focus on getting there, anything could happen in the quarters.

"Obviously, we'll be looking to get used to the conditions, but we were out in India before Christmas and we've already been together a couple of weeks.

"I think we'll be pretty well prepared come our first match group match on February 25."

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