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Ireland coach Phil Simmons has called on Ireland to show character against Bangladesh in the RSA Twenty20 Series later today

Updated: Friday, 20 Jul 2012 12:31

Niall O'Brien hangs his head during Wednesday's loss
Niall O'Brien hangs his head during Wednesday's loss

Ireland cricket coach Phil Simmons is looking for his players to show character when they take on Bangladesh in the second game of their RSA Twenty20 Series at Stormont today (5pm).

Bangladesh hammered Ireland by 71 runs in Belfast on Wednesday and Simmons missed that game due to a family bereavement, but is back at the helm and convinced Ireland can draw level.

"I've spoken with Pete Johnston (assistant coach) and the players about what went wrong and hopefully the fans will see a much different Ireland performance this time.

"I suppose we are notoriously poor starters but always seem to finish well. There's no doubt we didn't play well in all disciplines of the game and we'll be out to rectify that today.

"I'll take a look at the conditions before selecting the final line-up but it may well be a case of making a few changes. It won't be a case of wholesale changes though.

"These guys are proven players over a long period of time and they don't suddenly become bad players after just one performance."

"The manner of the defeat has certainly hurt the players but they have the character and the ability to bounce back. That has become the trademark of this Ireland side in recent years -we always fight back in adversity, and with the backing of the Belfast crowd I'm confident we can go on and win the Series."

Ireland wicket-keeper Gary Wilson top scored for Ireland with an unbeaten 41 in the 71 run loss, and he too is confident Ireland can turn it around: "There's no question we didn't do ourselves justice in the opening game.

“Bangladesh certainly played well, with Shakib Al Hasan showing us just why he's the number one ranked all-rounder in world cricket, and Elias Sunny had such a fantastic spell (claiming 5-13), but we were well below par."