India lose to Bangladesh
Knocked Out of U-19 Asia Cup
ENGLAND captain Joe Root on Tuesday told Australia to “bring it on”, vowing to fight fire with fire as his team expect a hostile reception at next week’s first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Root said he was unfazed by talk that Australia would target him as he prepared for the first of five Ashes Tests at the Gabba and said his side will be hitting back hard.
“From our point of view, we’ll be targeting every single one of them (the Australians),” the 26year-old told reporters ahead of a second four-day warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI in Townsville.
“Bring it on. It’s what it’s about. You want that competitive element to it and there are little inhouse rivalries if you like.
“It should be a great series and they’ve got some great players within their squad and some good characters as well... They’ve got a lot of quality in their attack but we’ve got a lot of quality in our team as well.”
Root said he expected a “hostile... Very loud and rowdy atmosphere” in Brisbane, but said England were working hard to be “absolutely ready” for the first game.
One key concern is a lack of big runs for England’s top order in the warm-up games so far, with no batsman going on to score a century despite most getting good starts, and a lack of runs for former captain Alastair Cook.
“I still think that this game, that’s one of the things we really want to get out of it, is guys going on and making big hundreds,” Root said. DEFENDING champions India were knocked out of the U-19 Asia Cup after suffering a shocking eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh here on Tuesday.
This was India’s second loss in three days, having being stunned by Nepal in the first match.
Bangladesh emerged victorious after they chased down the target of 188 with eight wickets and four overs to spare.
The defeat meant Bangladesh and Nepal, from Group A, will join Pakistan and Afghanistan respectively in the semi-finals.
Rainy conditions had reduced the match at the Royal Selangor Club, India’s third venue in three games, to 32 overs a side.
Bangladesh, who elected to field, picked up wickets at regular intervals and reduced India to 85 for four at the halfway mark.