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Australia confident ahead of U19 Series final

UPDATED 11 July, 2013 11:07AM AEST | by Angela Logan

Australia is confident they can convert their run of starts and bat India out of the game in tomorrow’s U19 International Series Final at Marrara Oval in Darwin tomorrow.

Australia just pipped New Zealand for a place in the final due to a superior run-rate, after an unbeaten India accounted for the Kiwis by seven wickets in yesterday’s last round match of the Series.

Australian U19 coach Stuart Law said the Aussie players had underperformed at times during the Series and were looking forward to producing their best cricket against India in the final.

“The top six batsmen in our order are all capable of big scores. The boys are working hard, they’re thinking hard, there’s some very good discussions about how they’re going to approach the next game and these bowlers.

“We’re excited that we’ve got the opportunity to play India in the final because we haven’t really produced our best cricket against them in the Series so far. We’d love to get in there and have another crack at them.

“If we can bat first and put a decent total on the board, somewhere between 220 or 240, and our bowling can contain them and put them under scoreboard pressure, we’ll be in a good position to win,” Law said.

Australian U19 captain Alex Gregory said the Series had been a good learning curve for the players.

“We’ve got Greg Chappell and Stuart Law here, and it’s been great to have a chat to them. They’ve got great cricketing brains and they talk through tips with us, such as how to convert our starts and go on with our batting.

“The tournament so far hasn’t gone as well as we would have liked, but we’ve definitely improved.

“Our bowling attack has been consistent and quite strong. All bowlers have held their own and shown glimpses of brilliance at stages,” Gregory said.

U19 Head Coach Law also paid tribute to the Darwin cricketing community for their support throughout the Series.

“The Northern Territory Cricket Association has been absolutely fantastic looking after us, the facilities up here are exceptional. If you’re a young cricketer playing up here in Darwin, there’s no excuse not to be a good cricketer because you’ve got everything at your doorstep,” Law said.

Northern Territory Cricket CEO John Stock congratulated all teams involved in the U19 International Series.

“It has been a fantastic opportunity for NT Cricket to host the U19 International Series. The Darwin cricket community has taken the chance to view some of the players of tomorrow who have been on display over the past two weeks.

“Thanks to the support of both Cricket Australia and the Northern Territory Government, Northern Territory Cricket is fortunate to have great, new, international-standard facilities at Marrara. This series has been a great opportunity to showcase these and I am hopeful this will lead to further International cricket in the coming years,” Stock said.

Australia and India will go head-to-head in the U19 International Series final against India at Marrara Oval in Darwin tomorrow. In tomorrow’s other match, New Zealand will play local team NT Strike at Gardens Oval.

U19 International Series Final, tomorrow, 12 July

Australia v India, Marrara Oval, Darwin, 9.45am local time

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The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 11 July, 2013 10:56AM AEST

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