Law guiding class of 2012

STUART Law helped Australia win the inaugural under-19 World Cup in 1988.

The former Queensland Bulls captain scored 44 as Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets at the Adelaide Oval.

Now he's doing his best to help the class of 2012 win the Cup for Australia for the third time since he held it aloft all those years ago.

Law, who led Queensland to four Sheffield Shield titles, is the Australian coach and he's doing an impressive job - his young charges are just one game away from contesting the final.

Australia will face South Africa in a semi-final showdown in Townsville today. India will play New Zealand in the other.

But despite being unbeaten so far, Australia has not fired on all cylinders yet, and Law, who played one Test and 54 one-day internationals, is well aware of that - there is room for improvement.

"We've haven't bowled as well as we should have with the new ball - there has been far too many wides," Law, who quit as coach of Bangladesh to return home to Brisbane as the high-performance coach based at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence earlier this year, said. "We're a much better fielding side than what we've shown so far as well.

"Saying that, this is a really young team and it is all part of their learning curve - they are being exposed to a level of the game which is new to most of them.

"They are playing against teams where a lot of players have played first class cricket. We've only got two players who have done that, and not a lot at that.

"We've also played teams we know nothing at all about - real potential banana skins because you just don't now what to expect, but the players have handled it well."

As for playing in this tournament, Law said he was sure it could open the door to a much bigger stage for some.
"When I was playing there were so many guys who could have played Test and international cricket, but didn't," he said.

"Nowadays young players are getting a go, which may not be the greatest thing, but some kids, you throw them in the deep end and if they start swimming, you've found a couple of winners.

"There is no doubt that there is a lot of talent around - they have just got to learn how to use it."


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