Cricket World Cup: Ireland break is beneficial, says William Porterfield

William Porterfield plays a pull shot in Ireland's win over the West Indies last Monday
William Porterfield will lead Ireland in their second World Cup game against United Arab Emirates on Wednesday
ICC Cricket World Cup: Ireland v United Arab Emirates
Venue: Brisbane, Date: Wednesday, 25 February, 03:30 GMT
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Ireland captain William Porterfield believes his team's nine-day break after their World Cup win over West Indies will benefit them in Wednesday's game against United Arab Emirates.

A win against their fellow associate nation in Brisbane will leave the Irish on the brink of a quarter-final spot.

Porterfield does not think the time lag will halt the Ireland team's momentum.

"I think the break has been of benefit. You need a bit of downtime too in long competitions," the skipper, 30, added.

After last Monday's four-wicket win over West Indies in the New Zealand city of Nelson, the Irish travelled to the Gold Coast in Australia for a couple of days of relaxation before heading to Brisbane.

Ireland's training plans were then affected by heavy rain in Brisbane which prevented them from training outdoors for a couple of days but with the weather improving significantly, they were able get a look around the famous Gabba venue on Monday.

"It's my first time to see the Gabba, and to walk in here and see this fantastic stadium is great," Porterfield said.

Ireland's Cricket World Cup Pool B fixtures
DateOpponent / resultVenue
Monday, 16 Februarybeat West Indies by 4 wicketsNelson (NZ)
Wednesday, 25 FebruaryUnited Arab EmiratesBrisbane (Aus)
Tuesday, 3 MarchSouth AfricaCanberra (Aus)
Saturday, 7 MarchZimbabweHobart (Aus)
Tuesday, 10 MarchIndiaHamilton (NZ)
Sunday, 15 MarchPakistanAdelaide (Aus)

"After the couple of days of rain we've had, to get back outside is great and I'm really looking forward to the game on Wednesday."

Despite some frustrations over the weather conditions, Porterfield said spirits had remained high in the Ireland camp.

"It's frustrating at times being indoors in a country like this when you just expect to be outside but the attitude the lads have shown has been great," he said.

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien is expecting a tough challenge against UAE after they went close to upsetting Zimbabwe in their first game last Thursday.

The associate nation looked on course for an upset victory for much of the game before eventually succumbing to a four-wicket defeat.

"They really pushed Zimbabwe and it was only very good batting performances from Sean Williams and Craig Ervine that got Zimbabwe over the line," O'Brien added.

"The UAE have some very good players. Khurram Khan and Swapnil Patil are two very good middle-order batsmen and their bowlers have improved a lot. They have some useful spinners as well."

Khurram believes Wednesday's match offers his team a "wonderful opportunity" of a World Cup win.

"It's a very important game for us as well. So we're definitely targeting this game," said the UAE batsman.

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