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ICC Under-19 World Cup, Aug 2012

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Australia Start Title Defence Strongly The first televised game of the under-19 World Cup 2012 got under way at the picturesque Tony Ireland stadium between Australia and England. The hosts won the toss and elected to field first. There was immediate justification of the decision as Daniel Bell Drummond of Kent who is said to be England’s best batsmen was dismissed without troubling the scorers in the opening over of the tournament as left arm seamer Joel Paris got one to bend back and trap him in front. Ben Foakes then followed soon after, leaving and misjudging a delivery nipping back off the seam. Davies and Craig Overton steadied proceedings before the former got a Jaffa to nick behind in the 12th over. Anesh Kapil batted with style and positivity before chasing a wide one against 1st change bowler Gurinder Sandhu. It was a needless shot. Ben Duckett showed intention of batting deep, while Overton was consistently beaten and played and missed outside the off stump against the impressive Australia seamers, but managed to hang in there and survive in an unattractive manner. Ashton Turner, the off spinner broke the partnership when Duckett chopped on before dismissing Sam Wood the very next delivery with a straighter and quicker one as the left hander was trapped plumb in front for a golden duck. Craig Overton then chased a wide one from Sandhu to be the 7th wicket to fall for his 35. It was a needless stroke in the circumstances with so much time left in the innings and not much batting to follow, but credit to the bowler who got the ball in the right areas consistently to create pressure and entice mistakes. Brother Jamie Overton played attackingly before holding out in the deep with plenty of time left to give Ashton his 3rd. Topley was trapped in front by Joel Paris for a 3rd ball nought. The final wicket stand was beginning to frustrate before Collins miscued an attempted pull go give Sandhu his 3rd scalp. England was all out for 143. There was a 6.5 over session before lunch where Australia lost 3 top order wickets for 30. Left arm seamer Reece Topley and Somerset’s Jamie Overton bowled aggressively and made full use of the helpful conditions on this fast and bouncy wicket. England would have felt they were in with a sniff when Jamie Overton struck by dismissing Patterson, a highly rated batsmen, to give the visitors their 4th wicket with Australia still having over 90 required to get home. However, captain Bosisto showed calmness and sensibility in defence, technique, temperament and match awareness as he securely worked his way to an unbeaten 37. Travis Head on the other end was going along like a train and made full use of some ordinary English medium pace and spin who could not sustain the kind of pressure the quick’s put on the batters early doors. Head was the aggressor in the partnership and saw the hosts home with 57* from 58.

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The England V Australia contest was the biggest game of the day as it is likely to determine who finishes 1st and 2nd in the group and therefore should win an easier quarter final tie once the knock out round commences. Australia will top the group assuming they beat Nepal and Ireland. They are sitting in a very good position. England’s batsmen seemed to lack thought and even a degree of common sense in their batting today. They regularly played high risk unnecessary shots, despite being up against it. Instead of curbing their instincts, absorbing the pressure, overcoming the passage of the game without further causalities and prolonging the innings duration they were guilty of throwing their wickets away and fishing at wide ones. They surely will need to be smarter in their play and shot selection in the coming games. Australia’s seam attack was the talking point of the day. In Paris they have a bowler with speed and the ability to bring them back in to the right handed batsmen. His opening bowling partner has pace and movement and can do it both ways. His head position and action impressed Wasim Akram. He is also keen on bowling from wide of the crease from time to time. Sandhu is full of form, taking 5 wickets in the warm up and a further 3 today. Greg Chappel rates him highly both in terms of attitude and talent. His accuracy was most impressive. According to Mark Ramprakash in the Sky Sports Studio he was the pick of the bowlers. They also have a wrist spinner with the name Shane which is also handy and a finger spinner who picked up 3 wickets today. Just imagine how potent they would have been if their test match star Pat Cummins was fit to represent them. They would surely have been guaranteed favourites for a 4thtitle.

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Fire and intelligence from Australia quicks

They did not break stumps in half, like Reece Topley did, nor were any of them the quickest - Jamie Overton was - but the Australia Under-19 fast bowlers won the day against England in Townsville. Given first use of a spicy pitch at the Tony Ireland Stadium, Joel Paris, Mark Steketee and Gurinder Sandhu made intelligent use of it: bowling with impressive pace and accuracy, which they were able to sustain through long spells. There was a nippy wind blowing across the open ground; Paris was bowling with it, while Steketee ran into it. They both had success in their first overs and built on it by denying England easy scoring opportunities. Sandhu's parents had been among the first to find seats in the grandstand before the start of play but they had to wait until the end of the first hour to watch him bowl. Paris and Steketee carried on for seven overs each, taking three wickets and applying pressure from both ends. And when Sandhu came on in the 15th over, he bowled unchanged until the 29th, taking 2 for 24 in his first eight overs. In the final over of that spell, Sandhu got a ball to rise quickly from short of a length and smack into Overton's shoulder. The unyielding hostility at one end also helped the offspinner Ashton Turner at the other and his three wickets were instrumental in ensuring England failed to score enough. "Not really," said Sandhu, when asked if the eight-over spell had tired him. "It wasn't too hot. There was a fair breeze so I didn't really get a sweat up that much to be honest. It wasn't too tough." It wasn't tough because Sandhu, Paris and Steketee, are extremely fit young athletes. Former Australia fast-bowling coach Craig McDermott, who's assisting the Under-19 coach Stuart Law in Townsville, worked with Sandhu for last 10 weeks, with Paris over the last two years, and with Steketee since he was 14. He places a premium on fitness. "I think all young bowlers need to be able to bowl seven or eight or nine-over spells, if needed," McDermott said. "If you are bowling well, and you are on top of the batsmen, the captain has to have the ability to be able to keep bowling you. The fitter they are, the more regularly they can execute the ball in the right spot and hold their actions." What the Australian pace trio did especially well today was to not get carried away on a pitch that was pacier and bouncier than McDermott thought it would be. They bowled a full length, got the ball to move - Paris and Steketee's first wickets were with inswingers - and used the bouncer primarily to mix things up. Sandhu, more than the other two, has the tall, strapping physique to try and intimidate at an age when muscular strength makes a bigger difference than it does a few years later. He didn't fall prey to the temptation, though, and finished with 3 for 27 in 9.3 overs. "I think if you stick to the line and length that you have, fourth-stump line, good length as well, I reckon it's pretty tough to play no matter what sort of conditions. Batsmen don't really know if they have to go hard at it or leave it alone," Sandhu said. "[The bouncer is] just a variation. Not too many short balls in a row. Your stock ball has to be a good-length ball on fourth stump, and then the odd one at the nose." McDermott called Sandhu an "exciting prospect" for the future. "He has got some good skills - slower-ball bouncers and good finishing skills he is a good death bowler, there's not a lot of those around in Australia." The plan Australia bowled to today is from McDermott's coaching manual, for he had drilled the full-length discipline into the senior Australian bowlers with success as well. "Keep it simple, keep the ball up. The fuller you can bowl the more chance you have of getting the ball to swing or nip back off the seam," McDermott said. "It's a big focus of ours, mixed in with some bouncers. I think we bowled well on a wicket that you could get carried away and try and bowl too short. "I think, towards the end, England actually bowled a bit too short. I think if they had kept the ball up more, they would have troubled our batsmen more and possibly won the game. It's not an age problem. It's just something that the pace bowlers who don't know how to bowl on those sort of wickets get carried away with." McDermott said he'd been led to believe the pitch for the next game against Nepal could be faster and bouncier than today's was. And apart from Paris, Steketee and Sandhu, Australia have another well-built fast bowler in their squad, who did not play today - Harry Conway.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-under19-world-cup-2012/content/current/story/576966.html

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Wonder if we can tempt Sandhu into rediscovering his Indian roots and playing for us... of course his pace will duly drop by 10 Kmph...the fitness point is a good one though one that we sorely lack

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Wonder if we can tempt Sandhu into rediscovering his Indian roots and playing for us... of course his pace will duly drop by 10 Kmph...the fitness point is a good one though one that we sorely lack
By what?

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Wonder if we can tempt Sandhu into rediscovering his Indian roots and playing for us... of course his pace will duly drop by 10 Kmph...the fitness point is a good one though one that we sorely lack
Yadav, Mithun, and Ishant are three of the fittest bowlers I have seen but they lack right guidance and confidence.

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The English pacers seemed like good prospects... Infact' date=' All these English and Aussie pacers were bowling around the 136 mark...[/quote'] Jamie Overton bowled 145k plus. He is in the category of likes of Pattrick Cummins. i wonder why they did not pick Cummins. I think he got injured in England.

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u19 WC : India vs West Indies | 23:30 GMT | 19:30 EST | 5:00 IST India Under-19s squad AD Nath, B Aparajith, U Chand*, P Chopra, SS Das (1), Harmeet Singh, AA Herwadkar, RB Kalaria, K Passi, SK Patel? Ravikant Singh, Sandeep Sharma, GH Vihari, Vikas Mishra, VH Zol West Indies Under-19s squad AT Alleyne, SW Ambris, RR Beaton, KC Brathwaite*, JD Campbell, DYA Davis, JP Greaves, KAR Hodge, AJ Hosein, JJ Jones, KM Joseph, S Katwaroo? A Khan, KR Mayers, MJ Mindley 144711.2.jpg B->

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Pitch wasnt easy to bat on.Bit of seam movement as well as cracks on the pitch.2nd successive match on the same wicketSo batting wasnt easy.But the problem is apart from Chand all our batsmen got out to poor shots. Also commies were saying Pitch will ease out 2nd half of the match and hence will be better to bat on in 2nd innings.So we need around 220 to be par score i think.

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^Kool. Thanks. Definitely the pressure for these little teenagers is high, but I think our bowlers will come in handy and will win it for us if we score around 175+. Our spinners may take some good amount of wickets. But captaincy will be the key. Chand should hopefully be reading the game as we experts are reading as in to use those bowlers at the correct time.

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