Under-19 World Cup 2012

Home advantage with defending champions Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 10, 2012

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Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood and Tom Beaton celebrate the fall of Hammad Azam, Australia v Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup final, Lincoln, 30 January, 2010
William Bosisto: "I wouldn't necessarily say that Australia is a firm favourite in any way" © Getty Images
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Defending champions Australia will take on England at Townsville's Tony Ireland Stadium on Saturday to kickstart the latest edition of the Under-19 World Cup, in Queensland. On the same day, two-time former champions Pakistan play Afghanistan at John Blanck Oval on the Sunshine Coast, while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka face each other at Townsville's Endeavour Park. At the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Zimbabwe play Papua New Guinea.

The biennial competition features 16 teams, including the 10 Full Members of the ICC and six qualifiers (Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Scotland). The teams are divided into four groups of four each, with the top two from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals. The bottom two from each group will compete in the Plate Championship. The grand final will be played at Tony Ireland Stadium on August 26.

Australia captain William Bosisto said his side cannot expect an easy journey, despite playing at home. Australia have won the tournament a record three times. "I wouldn't necessarily say that Australia is a firm favourite in any way," Bosisto said. "I think we see ourselves as having a very good chance to win the title, and hopefully we can do everything in our power to do that. But I know there will be many strong sides from the subcontinent, and obviously England, so we know there is a lot of tough competition out there."

England last won the title in 1998, under Owais Shah, and the captain Adam Ball said consistency is the key.

"It is definitely time for England to add to that previous success," Ball said. "It will be very tough for us to repeat that but I feel the team has what it takes to do so. I think Australia have to be one of the favourites as they are playing in their own country and have won the tournament several times before. I also think that Pakistan will be a very hard team to beat even in conditions that may not favour them."

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said his team's chances will depend on how soon they adapt to the conditions.

"I think we are one of the tournament favourites as we bat deep, have a couple of good allrounders and also possess a few quality fast bowlers and spinners in the side," Azam said. "Moreover, our recent performance at the international level is encouraging so I think our team could be termed as favourites alongside some other teams. However, it will all depend on how quickly we adjust to the conditions in Australia. We all know that pitches and outfields in Australia are very hard and there is extra bounce on the pitches."

South Africa have never won the tournament, though they came close in 2008 in Malaysia, finishing as the runners-up. They open their campaign on Sunday, against Bangladesh.

"This squad has been on a two-year progression plan for this event," the captain Chad Bowes said. "We have arrived in Australia to play good, solid cricket and we believe that we have the potential to be the first South Africa side to win the U-19 World Cup."

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Posted by   on (August 12, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

All Australian I don't know to thank you , but i realy felt happy when I saw Australian are agree to play ODI with Afghanistan cricket team,

thanks Once again for giving us chance to play against you .

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (August 11, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@Great Aussie,yup bt aftr eliminatng ovrhypd aussies

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Why are all of the PNG players 20 in an u19s comp ?

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

INSHALLAH! PAKISTAN WILL WIN THIS WORLD CUP.

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

The U19 World Cup: the first chance you have of seeing future test stars in action, and last chance of seeing some South Africans play for South Africa, before they play for England...

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 23:41 GMT)

What favorite Australia? They just lost to Pak-19 like thrashed in the two games they lost. I think Pak-19 has a very good chance to win since they have just won a series against the so called favorite Australia in Australia. And are in good nick got the best fast bowler in the line-up Zia ul Haq watch out for him people.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

IndnCrktfan: brother or sister whatever u were lets not discussed such things for ur info India has also won in SL & Malaysia.... anyway I love to see Indian junior players I'm 36 and have been seeing last 4 or 5 world-cups India Pakistan dominating just few mistakes which Australia took liberty though we need to understand that its grass root level of International Cricket even Nepal can do their best ... anyway best of luck all teams specially Asian teams...

Posted by Chris_P on (August 10, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

@ cricfan_99. Having seen & played cricket in Malaysia, let me assure you, the pitches are nothing like any Aussie or English pitch I have ever seen, & from my observations of Indian pitches, is probably closer to theirs than any other country I have seen. Having not seen or been to Sri Lanka (yet) these may be more similar to Malaysia, but certainly, Malay conditions are much closer to sub continent than any other.I will also add, that the area where the U19 matches are played on the Gold Coast are also unique, so not sure what to expect as they all vary so much there, ground by ground. And none of the Aussies have played on these grounds either (apart form the practice matches vs. Pakistan).

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 10, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

@Talha: What is ur prblm. Pak U19 won when the tournament was held in SL and BNG. last I check both SL and BNG are in the sub continent. India won in SL and MAL..so check b4 u comment.. I guess u guys cannot sleep if you don't say a word or two agnst IND... Just like every country supporter is cheering for his/herrespective countries, so r we....get ovr it.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (August 10, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Hmmm.. Interesting to see some comments saying india can win world cups only on sub continent tracks - the last we won (2008) was in malaysia(have to check my geography books to find whether malaysia falls in sub continent!!!)... And if winning in the subcontinent is so easy when was the last time Aus,Eng or for that matter SAF won the U 19 world cup in the sub continent??? Answer= 0.... Go team india - make us proud..Bleed Blue!!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 10, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

I think Pak wil be out soon

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (August 10, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

go Bd boys go... We 16 core ppl allways with u.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Nepal will do something remarkable, best of luck team Nepal...

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

@zapeta, india can b junior champions if WC would held in india as is the case with senior team. they cant win outside sub continent!!!!!

Posted by Desihungama on (August 10, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

I am sorry to spoil the party but history favors all 3 Australia, India and Pakistan. Yeah Australia has won 3 Youth WC's but India/Pakistan had also featured in 3 finals so history favors all 3 equally.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

waiting eagerly to see Nepal play against the cricketing giants.Hope they get plenty to learn from this tournament .Jai Nepal.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

133 for Ben Foakes of Essex in a warm-up win over Pakistan, I wish him well - if only for the unlikely prospect of one day seeing Foakes, Woakes and Stokes in the same England team.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (August 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Team Green bring the cup home ! all the very best !!

Posted by Haleos on (August 10, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

@ Samar_Singh - what do you mean native players? Any sub continent side will have all native players. We do not rely on imports. Go India Go.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

we have a legacy to beat arch rivals in world cup matches. Hope this will happen here also. In unmukth chand & others we have have a pretty decent outfit. Hope we can upset over rated Aus and English Teams.

I wish new Teams will have good games to upset Icc Recognized Teams All The Best to Indian Blues. kesav koundinya

Posted by azeesajid on (August 10, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Go Pakistan go INSHALLAH u will win it & u can do it..

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

nepal will do better this time!!!!!!

Posted by ak_dragon on (August 10, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

The Rise of Young Green Blood....Go Green Go....:!

Posted by zulfi43 on (August 10, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Pakistan full of confidence beating AUS two out of three ......... go green go..... cup is yours

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

I like cricket very much. And Bangladesh U-19 will go to semi-final that I hope.

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (August 10, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@CRICINFO: Are you Providing a text Commentries for the whole matches played in WCU19? Anybody Else?? Plz Comment.

Posted by Azooz-Afgfan on (August 10, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

Go Afghanz Go!! Time to show your Cricket talent & Techniqs.. Glory Afghanistan!!!

Posted by Samar_Singh on (August 10, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Though might not be the contender still Nepal and Afghanistan have the quality to surprise the Favorites ... These are the only team 2 team who have all native player and where cricket is taken as passion in the grass root . ICC should invest more to these nations than countries like USA or China where cricket is of no charm .. Best of luck all youth player of all nation..

Posted by zapeta on (August 10, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

India are the clear Favourites, we have many first class cricketers in our team. Unmukt show the spirit and open the doors at highest level.. I wish my Great Indian team all the best.. India senior and Junior World champions....

Posted by NoMeRcY-RaGE on (August 10, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

i m sure n do agree that Oz r d favs....pakistan cnt b ruled out as dey always wil hav a good bowling...india myt hav a sneak in only if batsmen cn set up some totals as d bowling seems a weak link... a case wid any indian team

Posted by allieeb on (August 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

go yellows go gud prep for WC2015 should do ok

Posted by Cricket_vs_Football on (August 10, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

So shame having advantage of home conditions, but not players!!!

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Looking forward to watching the Overton twins destroy Australia

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Go Green...!!! Make us proud!

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

GO GREENS!!!!! make an impact n play to ur potential....u ll win, IA.... <3

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 10, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Yep Oz should be the favourites as it is at home and they know their conditions better than most. Furthermore they are the defending champs. Although Pakistan, England, NZ and SA could give them a good go. India are have a good 4 batsman, but their bowling is suspect.

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Tournament Results
Aust U19 v India U19 at Townsville - Aug 26, 2012
India U19 won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
NZ U19 v S Africa U19 at Townsville - Aug 25, 2012
S Africa U19 won by 8 wickets (with 212 balls remaining)
Afghan U19 v S Lanka U19 at Brisbane - Aug 24, 2012
S Lanka U19 won by 7 wickets (with 66 balls remaining)
B'desh U19 v Pakistan U19 at Townsville - Aug 24, 2012
B'desh U19 won by 5 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
England U19 v W Indies U19 at Townsville - Aug 24, 2012
England U19 won by 13 runs
Ireland U19 v Scot U19 at Brisbane - Aug 24, 2012
Scot U19 won by 5 wickets (with 50 balls remaining)
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