Australia v India, Under-19 World Cup, final, Townsville

'We've been fantastic over two or three weeks' - Bosisto

George Binoy in Townsville

August 27, 2012

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Australia Under-19s, after losing the final, Australia v India, ICC U-19 World Cup, final, Townsville, August 26, 2012
William Bosisto: "I think maybe our fielding wasn't as good as it has been throughout the tournament. We dropped a few chances" © ICC/Getty
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Australia's captain William Bosisto has said that he is proud of the way his Under-19 side played at the World Cup in Townsville, despite the disappointment of losing the final to India at Tony Ireland Stadium. Bosisto was named Player of the Tournament after his 87 helped Australia recover from 38 for 4 to 225 and he finished the World Cup with an average of 276, having been dismissed only once in six innings.

"We were obviously here to win and that didn't happen but I am pretty proud of the boys and the way we went about it," Bosisto said. "Today wasn't our day but we've been fantastic over two or three weeks. I think that's a great show of our character."

Australia lost the toss and were batting first only for the second time at Tony Ireland Stadium. They once again lost early wickets but Bosisto said they were pleased with the total they achieved. Travis Head and Ashton Turner made vital contributions to two middle-order partnerships that revived Australia.

"We were rapt. Going out to bat we were looking for 200-210, so to get 225 we were stoked," Bosisto said. "That was above what we were aiming for so we were happy, confident to defend that. To lose the toss and bat first was not the worst thing."

The major problem Australia, and most other teams, have had through the World Cup is a misfiring top order. Jimmy Peirson and Meyrick Buchanan scored 111 runs in 11 innings in Townsville and Australia were often very little for two in every game.

"I think we can be really satisfied with how we have gone," Bosisto said. "Leading up to this moment, we have hardly put a foot wrong, it's hard batting at the top, that's probably been our one constant downfall I suppose. It's so tough against that new ball on wickets that are doing a little bit. I think the ball is doing a little bit more than maybe the 10-15 mark and then on it's quite flat, but I think early on is the hardest period. It's a big ask to ask of the top order."

In the final, Australia began the defence of 225 by dismissing Prashant Chopra in the second over and then came back strongly after India had reached 75 for 1 in the 14th over. However, they did not take the chances presented to them, the wicketkeeper Peirson dropped Unmukt Chand on 38 and Smit Patel on 2. Chand went on to make 111 and Patel 62. Their 130-run stand for the fifth wicket won India the game. Australia also had another opportunity to dismiss Chand, when India needed 49, but Bosisto failed to take the catch at midwicket.

"I think maybe our fielding wasn't as good as it has been throughout the tournament. We dropped a few chances, I dropped Unmukt a bit later on, that would have made it interesting," Bosisto said. "Looking back on it, it [his drop] probably was [the turning point], but at the time that wasn't my thought process. I was sort of thinking if we can get a couple of quick ones then we are right back in it. We had managed to get one and then needed maybe one more but that last partnership from them was really mature and they didn't really look like getting out apart from my chance."

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Posted by   on (August 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Bosisto looks like a great guy and a nice captain, he should be fast tracked into the national squad.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 27, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

@Randy we will see u in India next year. By the way u still dreaming that ponying will surpass Sachin which never will happen. ponting's poor record In India will get worst in this series

Posted by rshn on (August 27, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

India the world champions both seniors and U-19 and no one can take that away from India. Well Played India, you deserved it. Indians were Number 1 in tests not so long ago. U-19 team from India shows how much good talent is available, in years to come, India will be a very tough team to beat.

Posted by Metro-ant on (August 27, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

im putting my hopes on windies in the future, hopefully the next generation were inspired by fires of babylon and want to emulate their patriotism and success of that era. India will always be a batting team you just have to look at the average of a batsman from ranji trophy to see their mentality however their u19 is strong but looks like there will be a lot more kohli like arrogance stored in india's future for some time

Posted by Antomann on (August 27, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

@chokkashokka Does India HAVE a senior team any more? Last time I checked they were wiped 4-0 by England and then Australia. As you say, fantastic at losing.

Posted by tanstell87 on (August 27, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@RandyOZ - are u referring to Australia's 8-0(4-0 v England last month & 4-0 in India in tests 2008/10)...yup i can understand your emotions mate with Australia not being an ordinary team nowadays & lagging behind Bangladesh in ICC T20 rankings.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

However, they did not take the chances presented to them, the wicketkeeper Peirson dropped Unmukt Chand on 38 and Smit Patel on 2. Chand went on to make 111 and Patel 62. Their 130-run stand for the fifth wicket won India the game. Australia also had another opportunity to dismiss Chand, when India needed 49, but Bosisto failed to take the catch at midwicket. ..... lol!!!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 27, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

@chokkashokka - no need to mock the losers. Its a sport and in every sport there is a winner and a loser. It does not mean that India will win every ODI game they play. For the players of both teams thanks for giving us a great game - also well done to both captains for bonding after the game.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

T- 20 trophy will definitely be icing on the cake but I have my doubts.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

india lost to west indies earlier like australia lost 1 game domination not even close .toss was the big factor if australia had bowled first they would have been champions for sure.

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