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Law pleased with Australia’s progress

Australia coach Stuart Law is happy with his side's easy progression from Group A at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup but knows they can still improve.

Law pleased with Australia’s progress - Cricket News
 
Australia coach Stuart Law is happy with his side's easy progression from Group A at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup but knows they can still improve.
The host nation finished the group stages with a six-wicket win over Ireland on Tuesday, giving them three wins from as many matches at the tournament.
Cameron Bancroft, Kurtis Patterson and Travis Head have all impressed with the bat, while bowling performances from the likes of Gurinder Sandhu, Ashton Turner and Alex Gregory have been instrumental in their victories.
But Law wants his team to keep their feet on the ground, insisting they can perform better in the knockout stages of the tournament.
"To go through three-nothing is very pleasing," Law said.
"We know we have got plenty to work on so to take the top position in this group has been a good achievement. It is a nice thing to go into the next phase of the competition with things still to work on.
"Bowling with our new ball we are giving away way too many runs. In a tight semi-final if we are giving away five to 15 easy runs with wides that can prove costly. We need to address that and get that right for the next game."
Law was disappointed with the way Australia lost focus to Ireland's chatter in the field on Tuesday and is sure to talk to his side about the importance of maintaining their concentration.
But there have been plenty of positives for the Aussies through the group stage, with Alex Gregory's performances particularly pleasing.
Gregory, who turned 17 just seven weeks ago, only received a call-up to the squad on Saturday morning after Jack Wildermuth (broken toe) was ruled out through injury.
And one day after claiming figures of 2-12 against Nepal, he took 3-13 off eight overs against the Irish in an effort that excited his coach.
"He is a fantastic kid," he said.
"He knows what he is trying to do and he sticks within his limitations. You can't ask much more than that. The kid just turned 17 and to produce what he did … I am very pleased for him and very pleased for us that he got the job done."
Australia has rotated heavily through the group stages, with all 15 of their squad members having played at least once.
Law is pleased that every player has been exposed to match conditions but is hopeful his side's bad run of injuries has ended, with paceman Harry Conway - who took a hat-trick against Nepal - the latest casualty with a back injury.
"Everyone has had a bit of game time and they know what to expect. If we get any more injuries, we are running pretty dry. Let's hope that that is not the case and the players we have got here now can get us through to the final," he said.
Law also declared his delight with the performances of Bancroft and skipper Will Bosisto, who has finished not out in all three matches, carrying his side over the line in run-chases against England and Ireland.
But he knows there is a long way to go before his side can think about being only the second ever country to win back-to-back ICC Under-19 World Cup titles, after Pakistan in 2004 and 2006.
"You can never look too far ahead. There are some good teams in this competition. We played Pakistan on the Gold Coast beforehand and they are a very good unit," he said.
"Our biggest enemy will be ourselves though. If we start thinking too far ahead and stop worrying about the little things, that's where we can come unstuck."
 

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