U-19 World Cup 2022: India good side, need to play our best, says Australia skipper Cooper Connolly;
Cooper Connolly is backing Australia’s new batting prodigy Teague Wyllie to help his team to the U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 final.
A talented India team stands between Australia and Saturday’s showpiece match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. However, Australian captain Connolly believes his side has the ability to get there, especially if Western Australia teammate Wyllie can keep up his red-hot form as the three-week event winds down. Wiley has 264 runs in four matches and is the World Cup’s fourth-highest run-scorer heading into the semi-finals.
“I said at the start of the tournament that he (Teague Wyllie) was going to be a big run-scorer for us. I backed him as a Western Australia man, I’ve seen him progress all the way from playing as a junior. He is a really talented guy,” Connolly said in an official release.
“There is no reason why he can’t continue to do that and I think he can play a big role for us in these last couple of matches,” he added.
The 18-year-old all-rounder also confirmed that his team would continue to play positively despite facing their toughest opponent of the finals so far. In their group win over Scotland, his team chased down a huge total before putting 276 runs on the board in the Super League quarter-final triumph over Pakistan.
Australia skipper Cooper Connolly added:
“There is no change from us in approach. We are just going to try and play some good cricket and hopefully we can knock off India. They are a very good side and we know that, but I think if we play our best cricket we can beat them.”
“To reach the final would be pretty cool. I spoke to Mitch Marsh briefly about it, because he won the last one for Australia (in 2010). I’d love to be able to get to that spot and do the same as him,” he added.
Prior to the start of the tournament, India had thrashed Australia by nine wickets in Guyana, with skipper himself scoring an unbeaten half-century.