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Elusive win can spark run of success for Ireland, insists Lorcan Tucker

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Lorcan Tucker believes Ireland are close to putting the jigsaw together

Lorcan Tucker believes Ireland are close to putting the jigsaw together

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Lorcan Tucker believes Ireland are close to putting the jigsaw together

Lorcan Tucker believes that Ireland can go on a winning run if they can just get that elusive T20 victory.

They head into tonight’s second international against South Africa in Bristol (6.30pm, live on BT Sport 2) after yet another game when they were in contention until the closing stages before the Proteas closed out a 21-run victory.

“It’s frustrating, we’re so close but just can’t get over the line. It feels only a matter of time, though, if we keep churning out those good performances,” said Tucker, Ireland’s top scorer with 78 on Wednesday night.

“We’re hoping winning will turn into a habit when we get the first one and it will flow from there.

“We have six games left this summer, one more here and then five against Afghanistan at Stormont so a chance to get that first win and then go on a run.”

Tucker was batting at No.3 in a T20I for only the fourth time but is now averaging 62 there and after two half centuries against the USA last December he admits he is glad to be back in such a prominent position.

“It’s going well at the minute, it’s nice to have the opportunity again. I’ve had success there although it would be nice to turn those performances into match-winning performances, that’s the goal for the next game and the rest of the summer,” he said.

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Looking ahead to tonight’s game, Tucker expects more of the same.

“I’m sure there’ll be lots of runs again,” he said. “The wicket played beautifully, especially when the lights came on, there was a nice dew and shine. We gave them a surprise so hopefully we can go one better this time.”


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