Look for an up­set, says Hick

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

AUS­TRALIA bat­ting coach Graeme Hick in­sists his young side won’t be bul­lied by Eng­land ahead of today’s four­day Ashes tour match at River­way Sta­dium.

T h e C r i c k e t Aus­tralia XI is look­ing for redemp­tion af­ter tak­ing the fight to Eng­land in last week’s daynight four­day match in Ade­laide only to be bowled out for 75 in the se­cond in­nings.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing fin­ish for the side fea­tur­ing some of Aus­tralia’s top young cricketers, but Hick felt it was enough to prove they have the tal­ent to cause an up­set in Townsville.

“You only have to look at the last game. I know the re­sult didn’t go our way in the end, but you’ve got young guys per­form­ing against in­ter­na­tional play­ers,” Hick said.

“I think they com­peted very well. It was a pink ball, very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, and they were in the con­test un­til the se­cond in­nings.

“They’ll go out to per­form well and if that leads to a win on their part then they’ll cer­tainly en­joy that and it’s some­thing for them to re­mem­ber.

“They’re not here just to be pushed over, they’re here to play good cricket and give a good ac­count of them­selves.”

The CA XI has lost some ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter wick­et­keeper Tim Paine was re­called to Tas­ma­nia’s Sh­effield Shield side, with South Aus­tralian Harry Nielsen, 22, his re­place­ment.

Eng­land’s side in­cludes Joe Root, Alas­tair Cook and Stu­art Broad and Hick be­lieved it was a good op­por­tu­nity for his young play­ers to learn what it takes to com­pete at that level.

“This is a shop win­dow for them. An op­por­tu­nity to play against some of the world’s best and if you per­form well it cer­tainly opens a lot of peo­ple’s eyes and shows what you can do,” he said.

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