Lorcan Tucker has given a new take on Ireland’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, with the lack of 50-over action ahead of the tournament in Zimbabwe, he believes, costing them dear,

Although Ireland had a three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh in Chelmsford, a month out from their first match, the squad was then forced to play a three-day game against Essex and a Test match against England immediately before flying out to Africa.

“Tournament cricket is tough and a lot of it can be about timing and preparation and I don’t think we got that right,” said the 27-year-old wicket-keeper/batter.

“The competition landed on us before it we knew what was happening and suddenly we were knocked out in the group stage. It shows how quickly things can happen and moving forward we want to slow everything down because it does take time to focus on one format and that’s hopefully what we will looking at going into the next four-year cycle."

Tucker should be well prepared for today’s ODI against England at Trent Bridge (11am, live on Sky Sports), having played more 50-over cricket than anyone in either squad having come straight out of the Caribbean Premier League, where he averaged 37 in five innings.

“It’s a great opportunity to get fresh voices, to play with experienced people and different cultures and ideas so it’s been brilliant and hopefully something we can all do more off going forward,” he said.

The Pembroke player will continue to bat at No 5 in the Ireland ODI line-up, having been overlooked for promotion to the vacant No 3 slot, despite him batting there in the T20 team. But Tucker accepts his recent record in ODIs has not been great, with only one half-century (exactly 50) in his last 24 innings.

“It’s nice to be involved in any conversation about new roles, new opportunities, but they have gone with Curtis (Campher) and it’s a great opportunity for him to settle in. He has batted well in all formats this year (averaging 33) and kudos to him and best of luck.

“I’ve still work to do in my ODI cricket, two more matches this year and then a big calendar to look forward to.”;