U-19 World Cup final: Indian pacers are a threat, says Australia coach Ryan Harris
Australia's U-19 coach Ryan Harris concerned over batsmen's ability to tackle fiery Nagarkoti & Co in Saturday's World Cup final
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Australia's U-19 coach Ryan Harris praised the Indian fast bowling line-up ahead of the World Cup final on Saturday. The former Australian pacer was excited to see the next generation of pace bowlers on display in the tournament. "It is great to be talking about India and not discussing spin," Harris said. "They have plenty of pace and beautiful actions. Our players (Australia) would not have faced too many bowlers that are capable of reaching speed of around 140kmph. It is a great challenge for our team," he told reporters.
One advantage Harris felt Australia have over India is the fact that his team has encountered various challenges to reach the final, while India have brushed all teams with relative ease.
"We had to fight to get into the final and battle really hard against England. We have been under the pump and that is what we will be hoping to do to India. "We are aware India have not been tested yet. They have been playing some very good cricket, but if we can put pressure on them then it will be interesting to see how they react," Harris said. Asked if there are any areas Australia would look to target India, Harris said: "Our job is to get through to their top order quickly and put pressure on the middle or lower order — something they have not yet experienced." India had thrashed Australia by 100 runs in the opening game of the World Cup, but Harris was quick to insist that the loss will have no bearing on the final.
"No, not really. It was three weeks ago. The only positive is that we now know what India have got and it's up to us to change that around this time," he said. While the Australians underwent a rigorous training session yesterday, persistent rain forced the Indian team to cancel their practice session.
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