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Wilson urges Ireland to not be intimidated by Lord's Test

Gary Wilson believes Ireland will not be unnerved by the occasion when they step on the field on Wednesday at Lord's to take on England.

This clash will mark Ireland's maiden Test at the proverbial home of cricket signaling the side's immense progress from being a lowly-ranked Associate nation to a competitor in the longest format.

Ireland's Test status is still fresh as they have till date played only two five-day games failing to register a win thus far.

They were granted Full Membership status by the International Cricket Council alongside Afghanistan two years ago.

Despite the constant setbacks on the global arena, the upcoming game at Lord's is a tremendous achievement for Ireland as they look to topple World Cup champions England.

Playing for the first time at Lord's is bound to be an exciting spectacle but wicketkeeper-batsman Wilson has urged his teammates to keep their emotions in check and not get overawed by what awaits them.

"In my generation I don't think any of us expected to be playing a Test match at Lord's, so to have the opportunity is great," Wilson said on Sunday.

"But we mustn't lose sight of the fact that we have to come here and perform as well. I mean that's what it is about, it's not just turning up and having all the fanfare around Lord's.

"We have to try and put in a good performance against a very good England side, but we've got some good players as well and we're confident we can do that," he added.

Wary of the sweltering temperatures expected during the match, Wilson opined the scorching weather conditions could affect the nature of the pitch as the game proceeds.

"It might have an impact on the wicket in that it might dry it out as the game goes on," the 33-year-old said.

"I guess we'd rather have good weather than poor rainy weather!"

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