Cricket World Cup 2015: Ireland 'will not panic' after hammering

Ireland wicket-keeper Gary Wilson sees Hashim Amla hit another boundary in Canberra on Tuesday
Hashim Amla plundered 159 runs against Ireland in Tuesday's World Cup game in Canberra

Ireland and Surrey wicketkeeper Gary Wilson reflects on Tuesday's 201-run loss to South Africa at the World Cup

The 201-run defeat by South Africa was not the result we were looking for but I would suggest that only a high-quality side will be able to take down the Proteas at this tournament.

Before playing against them yesterday I was pretty adamant that either New Zealand or Australia were going to win this World Cup.

I'm still sure that both of these host countries will be right up there but after that performance against us I'll throw South Africa into the hat as well.

They have almost every base covered: a high quality seam attack; guys that hit the ball out of the ground consistently; Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis setting the game up and probably the best spin bowler in the world at the minute in Imran Tahir.

After the game we were relaxed enough about the defeat.

What's the point in getting down about losing a game like that? We were out-skilled, no question about it, but that doesn't mean we suddenly become a bad side.

It is simply a bump in the road for us.

Ireland's remaining Pool B fixtures
DateOpponentVenue
Saturday, 7 MarchZimbabweHobart (Aus)
Tuesday, 10 MarchIndiaHamilton (NZ)
Sunday, 15 MarchPakistanAdelaide (Aus)

It was Matthew Mott, our consultant assistant coach who spoke first and reminded us that no one had died and that we had simply been beaten by a team that, man for man, were more skilful than us.

In fact, you could say that about the majority of teams in this World Cup.

But one thing that we have on our side is guts and determination.

No one shirked yesterday. When balls were getting dispatched it would have been easy for guys to go missing but everyone wanted the responsibility.

I thought our spinners did particularly well again, restricting South Africa to scoring at six an over during the 30 overs that they bowled and a word too for John Mooney who set the tone brilliantly with an opening spell of 1-9 off his first five overs.

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We knew that chasing 411 was a daunting challenge but it's a measure of our team that in the changing room at half-time we had a plan of how we were going to chase down the runs - by breaking it into sections and trying to come home strong.

In the past it may have been about damage limitation. I played a game against New Zealand in Aberdeen where they scored over 400 against a weakened Ireland team and the talk at half-time was actually about damage limitation! Not any more.

Now it obviously didn't work out for us, it wasn't even close and losing by 200 runs is not something we are proud of.

But like I said though, it is merely a bump in the road.

It would have been a brave man to back us to come here and win all six group games.

We knew there were likely to be setbacks along the way but we are here to win as many games of cricket as possible.

I have said this about the last three games but the next one against Zimbabwe now really is the biggest game of our World Cup.

I'm writing this on our (very bumpy) flight to Hobart - a place I've never been to before.

It's supposedly a bit cooler in Tasmania so maybe there will be a few home comforts over the next five days.

Cricket World Cup Pool B: Ireland v Zimbabwe
Venue: Hobart Date: Saturday, 7 March Start: 03:30 GMT
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