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Graeme Swann: 'Ireland make rivals nervous'

Former England bowler Graeme Swann believes that Ireland's surprise victory over the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup will make their rivals "very nervous".

Former England bowler Graeme Swann has expressed his belief that Ireland's shock win over the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup will make their Pool B rivals "very nervous".

Ireland chased down 305 to beat the Windies by four wickets in Nelson this morning.

Swann believes that this result tops Ireland's three-wicket victory over England in the 2011 tournament.

"This is a better victory than the one against England four years ago," he told BBC Sport. "That was a one-man show from Kevin O'Brien. This was a team effort.

"This was five or six people putting their hands up and delivering an absolutely world-class performance. On this performance, they can certainly look to get out of the group.

"They will still be underdogs when they play bigger teams but they have destroyed West Indies and every other so-called big team in the group will have watched this and will be very nervous about them now."

Ireland face the United Arab Emirates next up on February 25.

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