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Paul Allott told Sky Sports that the ICC need to rethink the format of the World Cup after Australia overwhelmed Ireland by nine wickets in their Super Eights ‘mis-match’ at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Ricky Ponting’s men were at their ruthless best after winning the toss and electing to field, skittling the minnows out for just 91 off 30 overs.
Glenn McGrath, 3-17, and Shaun Tait, 3-39, did the damage early on, taking two wickets apiece inside the first five overs to leave Ireland floundering on 12-4.
Skipper Trent Johnston (17), John Mooney (23), and Kevin O’Brien (16) then provided token resistance without ever threatening to escape the world champions’ iron grip.
The tournament favourites knocked off the runs before lunch reaching the target in 12.2 overs with Mike Hussey (30 not out) and Andrew Symonds (15 not out) gaining valuable time at the crease, after Johnston picked up the sole wicket of Adam Gilchrist for 34.
And Paul Allott told Sky Sports there was little Ireland could do in the face of the Australian juggernaut.
“Ireland were completely out of their depth today,” Allott said.
"It may have been an Eights match but it wasn’t a super match, far from it.
"The ICC tried to engineer these Super Eights so that all the big teams are in.
"It should have been Australia versus Pakistan today, but Ireland beat Pakistan.
"It was great of them to do that but I think the ICC have to look at the earlier stages of the competition to try and ensure that the bigger teams get through, and that a fluke result doesn’t cause somebody like Ireland to come into this level of the competition.
“You can’t take anything away from Ireland but they just shouldn’t be there at this stage of the competition.”