Desert Cubs' youngsters to play against Australian opposition during Brisbane tour

Denzil Pinto 14/06/2018
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Desert Cubs are Australia-bound.

Budding cricketers of Desert Cubs Academy will test themselves against their Australian peers when they embark on their tour of Down Under later this month.

Their Under-12, U-14 and U-16 teams will play a minimum of five 50-over matches, one two-day game, as well as a T20 during their 13-day stay in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Their opposition will include some promising Australian youngsters who feature in Brisbane’s junior district teams.

On top of that, Desert Cubs will also field an adults side that will play a series of games during their tour.

It will be the second time the Sharjah-based academy will travel to Australia following their visit in 2015 and head coach Presley Polonnowita believes the tour will be great learning curve.

“It’s a dream for most of the young cricketers from the sub-continent to play either in England or Australia at least once in their cricketing career,” he said.

“Pitches which offer lightning pace, bounce and extra swing makes it different from other cricketing nations around the world.

“This experience and the exposure at an early part of their career will provide these young lads a great opportunity to understand the expectations in their senior level future cricketing challengers.

“This in a way is a great advantage for Emirates Cricket Board where their future Under-16, 19 & senior cricketers are getting a great and valuable experience in one of the world’s top ranking cricket-playing countries. The whole idea of the tour is to provide our cricketers something different, unique and challenging at the end of their long season in UAE which runs from September to end of June.”

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Stuart Broad missed a run-out in the 2009 game against Netherlands

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It’s not the first time that England have been beaten by teams that have been ranked below them.

Here, we look at some of their embarrassing defeats in limited-overs format.

WORLD TWENTY20, 2009

LOST TO NETHERLANDS BY FOUR WICKETS

England went into the tournament as huge favourites to get their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start when they faced Associate side Netherlands in London. But, obviously, the Dutch never read the script and stunned the hosts in their own backyard with a memorable four-wicket triumph at the Home of Cricket – Lord’s. Set a target of 163 after Luke Wright had scored 71, Tom De Grooth’s vital 49 saw them home off the final ball. To make matters worse, Stuart Broad had the chance to wrap up the win but missed a stumping chance.

2011 WORLD CUP

LOST TO IRELAND BY THREE WICKETS

Batting first, England put Ireland under of pressure when they amassed 327 at Bangalore thanks to Jonathan Trott (92) and Ian Bell (81). And when the Irish were 106-4 with 27 overs to play, it seemed there was always going to be one winner. But what happened next will go down as one of cricket’s greatest shocks.

Kevin O’Brien let the batting do the talking in style, smashing 113 runs off 63 balls to rattle the England bowlers and complete an unlikely victory in the 49th over.

What a knock: Kevin O'Brien

What a knock: Kevin O’Brien.

WORLD TWENTY20, 2014

LOST TO NETHERLANDS BY 45 RUNS

Lightning struck twice on England as the Dutch proved their 2009 triumph was no fluke. Nothing was riding on the match given both sides were unable to advance but the men in orange rose to the occasion. Chasing 134, England had a horrendous time with the bat as they were all out for a paltry 88. Only four boundaries were scored with Ravi Bopara’s 18 the top-score. Interim coach Ashley Giles summed it up by saying: “Today was pretty embarrassing; it was a poor, poor performance.”

Celebration time: Netherlands

Celebration time: Netherlands.

2015 WORLD CUP

LOST TO BANGLADESH BY 15 RUNS

Eoin Morgan’s side knew exactly what was needed if they wanted to advance to the knockouts and that was to win. Against Bangladesh, England were already up against it when they conceded 275 with Mahmudullah scoring a century. And while Jos Buttler hit a 52-run knock, the batsmen had no answer to Rubel Hossain, who claimed 4-53. It was the third time in five World Cups that England exited the tournament in the group stage, while for the Tigers they advanced past the first round for only the second occasion.

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