Indian colts upbeat about taking on Aussies

Published: Monday, September 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chandigarh:The inclement weather notwithstanding, the India under-19 cricket team is upbeat about taking on their Australian counterparts in the opening one-dayer at Mohali near here tomorrow.

The heavy downpours here for the past two days have been a dampener as the two teams could not take to the nets, but that has not affected the spirits of the team and the Indian U-19 coach -- former medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad.

The Met Department has forecast more rains tomorrow but Prasad does not want to waste time thinking about what is not in his hands and is just focussing on the job at hand. "They will come hard at us and we will have to play our best to handle them," he said. "We have been preparing hard for this series.

Despite the rain, we have been doing our routine exercises and catching practice," Prasad said. The first two matches would be played at PCA tomorrow and on September 21 while the remaining three of the five-match series will be played at Dharamsala and Delhi.

Australian coach Brian McFadyen wants this tour to be a learning experience for his boys ahead of the under-19 World Cup next year.McFadyen said the team will not have a regular captain during the series and the skipper will be changed with every match.

"The idea is to rotate the players and give an opportunity to all deserving players to lead the team and see how they stand up to the responsibility. I hope the team will emerge stronger from the tour and get a good experience," he said.

Teams (from): Australia: Graeme Skenner, Usmaan Khwaja, Tom Cooper, Aaron Finch, Tom Stray, Moises Henriques, Ben Gledhill, Philip Wells, David Warner, Patrick Darwen, Jack McNamara, Jakson Bird, Chris Thompson. Assistant coach: Matthew Mott.

India: Ravi K Shukla (capt), Ankit Rawat, Anirudha Srikanth, Rohit Sharma, Ali Murtaza, Mayank Tehlan, Arindam Ghosh, Pinal Shah, A G Pradeep, Piyush Chawla, Shahbaz Nadeem, Y Mahesh, Anand Rajan and Abu Nachim.

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