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Final loss was a bitter pill to swallow: Amla

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Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 12:19 [IST]
 
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Final loss hurt, says Hashim Amla

Bangalore, Jul 31: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla advised the Under-19 World Cup players to enjoy their time in Australia and try to cash in on the opportunity.

This year's U-19 World Cup starts in Australia on August 11 and goes on till 26.

"Enjoy every moment as you are incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to play the game that you love and try to make the most of it," Amla said in a media release issued by ICC.

"The ICC U19 CWC is very important as it teaches you invaluable cricket and life lessons which go a long way as you try to build your career," said Amla, who became the first South Africa batsman to score a triple century while scoring 311 not out against England at The Oval on July 22, 2012.

Amla played in the ICC U19 CWC 2000 in New Zealand and scored 191 runs in eight matches, including 29 off 34 balls in the final against Australia which Cameron White's side won by seven wickets.

Reflecting on the final against Australia, Amla said: "It was a tough match for us, Australia are never an easy team to play against, at any level. Cameron White had a fantastic tournament for Australia, it was a bitter pill to swallow losing in the final but I think our squad learnt a lot from the experience."

Remembering his experience of playing in the ICC U19 CWC, Amla said: "I remember being very excited to visit New Zealand, it was a fantastic opportunity to see another country while being able to play cricket. It was a tough tournament, the playing field was very competitive but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"The ICC U19 CWC is a great platform to launch your international career. Look at Wayne Parnell who had a great tournament for South Africa at the event in 2008 and a year later, he was making his international debut. The challenge for the youngsters is how they manage themselves after they have made their debuts at such an early age."

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