Australia v West Indies, U-19 World Cup 2014, quarter-final February 22, 2014

Estwick places onus on top order

Roddy Estwick, the West Indies U-19 coach, has challenged his batsmen to step up if they intend to overcome Australia in the ICC World Cup quarter-finals. Estwick said his side's loss to South Africa exposed frailties in the line-up as they crumbled for 104, chasing 199. Though West Indies posted over 270 against Zimbabwe and Canada, Estwick sees room for improvement.

"We started off terribly against South Africa," he said. "But after that, we batted first and lasted the entire 50 overs and we hope to continue like this against Australia. Before we left the Caribbean, we knew we weren't doing well batting-wise and that's still a challenge. We need to spend more time in the crease, build big partnerships and get top scores from the people in the top four [positions].

"We're doing some work in the nets in the short space of time we have and we have gotten accustomed to the conditions here," he said. "Our batsmen need to play what they see and not what they expect. Take it one ball at a time."

Estwick said Australia were not as strong a side as in the past and was confident West Indies would be able to hold their own. "Watching the scores, the games they played and such, they're not playing spin as well as other Australian teams so once we focus on this as well as our game, and we concentrate on keeping our discipline, we'll do well," he said.

Australia lost to Afghanistan, were beaten by Zimbabwe and Pakistan in the warm-ups and before that came to the tournament on the back of a difficult tour of Sri Lanka.

Having played their first game in Dubai, Estwick counted on the advantage of familiar conditions to challenge Australia, who are yet to play at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. "It was colder in the earlies but now it's getting hotter and pitches are moving from green to drier," he said. "Balls are moving around more too and this showed when we played Canada at Abu Dhabi. We have adjusted to the heat and also in case the pitch loses liveliness."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I hope these youth put up a much better show than the NO GOOD SENIOR SQUAD.I hope the demonstrate that passion love and fight for their country which is lacking in the senior squad.I hope they do not get carried away with lust for big bucks and do not perform as the senior squad is allowed to do by the board. They would have to tighten up in their batting especially top order and rally around the rock young tiger and their fielding especially their catching. All the best

  • Roy on February 22, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Chanderpaul jr. The back bone of West Indies under 19 batting, like father like son. This is amazing. Pooran is a big hitter, he can change a game, he is the next West Indies ODI and 20/20 wicket keeper. Go windies, the world is watching you!

  • CRIC on February 22, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    The young Australians may well be shy of some of their recent countrymen talent wise, but you can bet they'll be mentally prepared for this game. West Indies need to focus and maintain their discipline if they are to win this one. Young speedster Ray Jordan has bowled quickly and taken wickets thus far, he will need to produce again to get the Windies off to a good start. Then, the other bowlers should be able to get amongst the batters. Batting wise, if young tiger gets a start, the West Indian boys will have the perfect rock to build a decent total on. This young man is going places.

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