26 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Bentley Rallies U-19 Team At ICC WC

ZIMBABWE Under-19 captain, Matthew Bentley, is confident his team will acquit themselves well at the ICC World Cup in Australia next month.

Bentley said the teenage cricketers had the character to withstand the heat on the global stage.

The 18-year-old batsman also has faith in coach Chris Harris.

"We have a quality coach who is the former New Zealand player and we had a lot of practice as a team and we are sure we will be able do some wonders.

"Last year we had a successful tour in which we played South Africa and Pakistan in a tri-series tournament and although we did not do very well it gave us good exposure.

"The team is happy that we have been playing many games within Zimbabwe because we are having a lot of time playing as a team," said Bentley.

The Under-19's are expected to leave for Australia next week and play a warm-up match against Namibia and South Africa in Brisbane before starting their group games.

"The majority of us have been involved with the Under-19 for some time so we are united and have good team spirit," said Bentley.

Harris said his team has been working on their batting, bowling and fielding for the past months.

"The boys have improved, we have been playing many games and it is good that their batting, fielding and bowling is getting there.

"We might have some challenges against India and West Indies but I am sure they will do well," said Harris.

Under-19 Team:

Matthew Bentley, Ryan Burl, Kyle Bowie, Attish Chouhan, Handirisi Shoun,Dex Hobbs, Luke Jongwe, Kelvin Kusaza, Malcolm Lake, Campbell Light, Cuthbert Musoko, Nyasha Mayavo, Liberty Nherera, Andre Odendaal, Peacemore Zinwa.

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