Adapting red-ball skills for ODI cricket: Gary Wilson emphasizes technique ahead of World Cup Qualifiers

Ireland’s batting coach, Gary Wilson, has highlighted the importance of red-ball skills in improving their ODI performance ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers. As Ireland prepares for the One-off Test against England, their focus on red-ball technique is expected to aid their campaign in the qualifiers and potentially secure a spot in the forthcoming World Cup in India.

While white-ball cricket may not place as much emphasis on technique as red-ball cricket, Wilson emphasized the transferability of skills between the two formats. Despite the prominence of white-ball cricket, with two qualifying tournaments and a World Cup on the horizon, red-ball cricket provides an excellent platform to refine skills that can benefit ODI performances.


Wilson acknowledged that while the team has not played domestic red-ball cricket in recent years, they recognized the need to incorporate regular red-ball practice sessions to improve technique. The intention behind this initiative is to enhance their skills and adaptability, as white-ball cricket often entails playing on relatively flat pitches.

In their quest for qualification, Ireland will travel to Zimbabwe for the ODI World Cup Qualifiers. Their first match is scheduled against Oman on Monday, June 19 in Bulawayo. Prior to the main event, Ireland will also participate in warm-up matches against the USA and the Netherlands on June 13 and June 15, respectively. With 10 teams vying for the final two spots in the World Cup, the qualifiers promise intense competition as teams battle for a place in the mega ODI event set to take place in India in October.

Wilson’s emphasis on improving red-ball skills highlights Ireland’s proactive approach to enhancing their overall game. By prioritizing technique and recognizing the transferability of skills between formats, Ireland aims to strengthen their chances of success in the World Cup Qualifiers and ultimately secure a coveted spot in the prestigious World Cup.