Zim will respect passionate Irish

2015 World Cup

Zimbabwe stand-in captain Brendan Taylor has warned his team to respect Ireland, ahead of their clash with the European team in a World Cup Pool B match in Hobart on Saturday.

Taylor, who will be skippering the side in place of regular captain Elton Chigumbura, knows that Ireland always have a point a prove as they want to play regular international cricket.

The 29 year-old Taylor said: "We're not taking them lightly – they're a quality side when they're going good guns. They're a hungry team, they're a team that's very passionate.

"When you give them half a sniff they try and capitalise and make it pretty difficult for you, so it's important we strike early with bat or ball, maintain that momentum."

Zimbabwe have displayed some decent cricket so far at the tournament, first running South Africa close then losing narrowly to Pakistan. In-between those fixtures there was a win against the UAE and a more convincing loss against the West Indies.

Taylor said: "We've been playing some good cricket, 80% of the games we've been playing winning cricket and then probably just letting it slip in that other 20%.

"If we can narrow that gap a little bit, we're going to be a lot more consistent and get over the line a lot more often."