Cricket: Ireland field against the UAE

Ireland captain William Porterfield won the toss and elected to field against the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B match in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Porterfield said he hopes his seamers could make the most of the initially humid conditions at the Gabba ground.

Ireland beat the West Indies by four wickets in their opening pool fixture while the UAE, like Ireland a non-Test nation, gave Zimbabwe a scare before losing by four wickets in their first match of the tournament.

Both sides made one change apiece as they bolstered their seam attacks.

Ireland recalled Brisbane-born Alex Cusack in place of Andy McBrine while the UAE -- an amateur side -- called up left-arm fast-medium bowler Manjula Guruge, with off-spinner Nasir Aziz omitted.


Ireland: William Porterfield (capt), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson (wkt), Kevin O'Brien, John Mooney, Alex Cusack, Max Sorensen, George Dockrell

UAE: Amjad Ali, Andri Berenger, Krishna Chandran, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patel (wkt), Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir(capt), Manjula Guruge

Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Michael Gough (ENG)

TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

Weather: Cloudy, chance of showers. Maximum temperature 30 Celsius.