U19 World Cup 2022: Despite the loss in the practice match, Australian captain Cooper Connolly hopes for a strong comeback

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Cooper Connolly

Highlights

  • Indian team defeated Australia by nine wickets in the practice match.
  • The Australian team reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in its hosting two years ago.

Despite a humiliating defeat at the hands of India in the Under-19 World Cup warm-up match, Australia captain Cooper Connolly is confident that his team will do well in the tournament. The tournament will be played in the West Indies from January 14 to February 5. The Indian team defeated Australia by nine wickets in the practice match.

Connolly, who was a member of the Australian team that reached the quarter-finals of the tournament hosted by him two years ago, said, “We have prepared well. The loss against India was a warning bell but we are preparing well for the first match.

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“We have to start well by beating West Indies. Since the last World Cup, we have been aiming to do well in this tournament.” Defending champions Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the warm-up match. Now they have to play the first match of Group A against England on Sunday.

Captain Rakibul Hasan said, “Our senior team has done well in New Zealand which will inspire us. Hopefully we can do well.”

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Pakistan captain Qasim Akram also said, “We are inspired by the kind of fighting spirit our senior team showed in the T20 World Cup in UAE. The pitches here are similar to Karachi, which will give turn and help us adapt here.

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