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Bosisto pleased to make semi-finals

Australian skipper Will Bosisto was typically modest after a superb captain's knock guided his side to a five-wicket quarter-final win over Bangladesh at the ICC Under-19 World Cup on Sunday.

Bosisto pleased to make semi-finals - Cricket News

Australian skipper Will Bosisto was typically modest after a superb captain's knock guided his side to a five-wicket quarter-final win over Bangladesh at the ICC Under-19 World Cup on Sunday.
 
Chasing 172 to win, the Aussies were reeling at 11-3 when Bosisto – who made an unbeaten 71 from 134 deliveries – strode to the crease.
He had previously guided his country to wins against England and Ireland in pursuit of tricky totals and he did the job again to set up a semi-final clash with South Africa on Tuesday.
"I don't know (if I was) star of the show," Bosisto said afterwards.
"I think I just probably played my role in the middle order there and got us over the line eventually. We probably made it hard for ourselves, losing quite a few early wickets.
"(But we are) definitely stoked to be in the semis at Tony Ireland (Stadium) against South Africa. It is a good challenge for our boys."
The major talking point of Sunday's match in Townsville, apart from Bosisto's superb innings, was the controversial dismissal of Jimmy Peirson.
Pierson was dismissed run out at the non-strikers end as he backed up in preparation for a delivery from Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar.
Soumya whipped the bails off and appealed, and despite the umpires and Bosisto talking to the Bangladesh team, mainly captain Anamul Haque for some time, they did not revoke their appeal and Pierson was sent packing for 21.
The dismissal of Pierson – who did not receive a warning – saw Australia slump to 33-4 at a key moment in the match.
"It was obviously disappointing from our perspective," he said.
"(It was) just unprompted. (They) just whipped the bails off and that was that. That's within the laws of the game and I think our boys will learn a lesson from that.
"(When I spoke to Anamul) I think I threw those terms (spirit of the game) up a little bit to him. I just tried to explain to him that in Australia, it's a bit of an unwritten rule (not to do that). That's the laws of the game (though) and we have won the game."
Bosisto was then joined at the crease by Travis Head (44) and the pair added an important 67-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Ashton Turner (27 not out) and the captain saw Australia home.
Head also enjoyed success with the ball, finishing with figures of 3-30 from seven overs of his part-time off-spin.
"We know Trav (Head) is a great player," Bosisto said.
"There's quite a few guys, part time spinners who can come on and do a job and I think Trav did more than a job today. He came on and took a couple of wickets and he was able to keep it tight as well."
Head was pleased to have continued his impressive form at the tournament.
"I have got a few out of the middle I guess," Head said.
"(I) hit them pretty well. I'm really confident. Hopefully I can keep this momentum that I'm picking up further in the competition."
He was also happy to have snared three wickets as he ripped through Bangladesh's middle order.
"It was something in the eight weeks in the COE (Centre of Excellence) that I worked on," he said.
"I wanted to add strength to my game. I am pleased I am getting results out of what I have worked hard on."

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