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Johnston sets sights on more shocks

All-rounder Trent Johnston has warned the rest of Ireland's World Cup opponents that their giantkilling hopes did not end with victory over England.

William Porterfield's side scored one of the biggest upsets ever in the tournament as Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest century in World Cup history to take his side past a winning target of 328.

"The past 24 hours have been a blur," wrote Johnston in his tournament blog on "Kevin O'Brien's once-in-a-lifetime innings, the endless interviews, the party that went on all night and the slow process of realisation that we'd beaten England."

He added: "I think our coach Phil Simmons, a man who wouldn't be one for hysteria, best summed up the feeling in his post-match debrief.

"Simmo said 'well done, enjoy your night and take tomorrow off, but remember: this is not the highlight of our trip'.

"We've got a few more teams to knock off out here and the highlight is yet to come. We're playing India, for starters."

Despite being focused on the next challenge in Bangalore, Johnston admitted he would not be disappointed if the dramatic defeat of Andrew Strauss and company goes down as the crowning glory of the class of 2011.

"We're not stupid. We all realise that beating England could be the achievement that this team goes down in history for," he said.

"The fact we had to score so many runs is one of the reasons I feel this victory eclipses the defeat of Pakistan four years ago that put Irish cricket on the map.

"That day we played well but the opposition were pretty ordinary. England gave us everything they had, and they thought they had 60 or 70 runs too many for us, and we went out and proved they hadn't scored enough."


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