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Tector vows Irish will find form

Ireland batsman Harry Tector admits getting used to the searing heat will be a challenge but has vowed they will be ready to go for their T20 World Cup opener against Holland in Abu Dhabi.

The Irish step up their preparation for the finals with a three-match series against the UAE and are 4/9 to beat their hosts in the first of those games.

Irish fall to Scots

The triple-header with the UAE follows on from a five-wicket defeat against Scotland in their first warm-up game with Tector declaring adjusting to the conditions was more important than the result.

Tector top scored with 39 from 33 balls as Ireland managed 176. But he was upstaged by Scotland's George Munsey who thrashed 67 from just 25 balls as the Scots cruised to victory with 13 balls spare.

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Ireland play the Dutch on 18th October followed by games against Namibia and former winners Sri Lanka in their preliminary group with the top two going on to the Super 12.

Tector content with prep

And they are doubly determined to qualify having fallen at the preliminary round stage of each of the last two T20 World Cups.

Tector, despite being disappointed with his own display against the Scots, said simply playing in brutal heat was the biggest plus.

"Batting conditions were really good so there were a few cobwebs," he told cricketworld.com.

"But there were a lot of good things we did. It was our first game out here and it's very hot - high-30s to early-40 degrees most days. So getting used to that - running between the wickets, dealing with fatigue and tiredness - that was a challenge. Even though I knew it was going to be hot, I didn't expect it would be that difficult."

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