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Under-19 World Cup 2012-
U-19 stars should target 2015 World Cup - Warner.
(ESPNcricinfo staff)

31.07.2012 01:20 EDT
Australia batsman David Warner has said players participating in the upcoming Under-19 World Cup in Australia should aim to make itto the senior squad for the World Cup in 2015, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Sixteen teams will participate in the tournament to be held in Queensland (Brisbane, Townsville and Sunshine Coast) from August 11-26, 2012.
"I think each individual who will be appearing in the Under-19 World Cup in 2012 needs to have goals of returning here for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 because if you are good enough to be where you are today, you have to be good enough to be in that squad andthat environment in 2015," Warner said.
Warner, 25, was part of the squad for the 2006 edition, held in Sri Lanka. He scored 91 runs in five matches with one half-century as a middle-order batsman. Since his international debut in 2009, hehas established himself as a destructive opener in all forms of the game for Australia. Warner said the tournament is a good finishing school for promising players hoping to play for the country.
"It's funny, I batted in the middle-order back then, and now I am opening the batting. I can see where I have come from in respect to changing mygame to be the best I can," Warner said. "Everyone's got tostart somewhere, and for me it was batting in the middle-order and bowling a little bit ofleg spin.
"As a player, I think I've matured into a better person and a better team player - not saying that I wasn't a good team player, but you learn howto actually play the game as anindividual and as a team player. I also think you becomemore knowledgeable about the game."
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, part of the 2000 edition in New Zealand, said the tournament teaches youngsters invaluable cricket and life lessons. Amla scored 191 runs in eight games with two fifties. He made his international debut in 2004.
"It is a great platform to launchyour international career. Look at Wayne Parnell who had a great tournament for South Africa at the event in 2008 (Malaysia) and a year later, he was making his international debut," Amla said. "The challenge for the youngsters is how they manage themselves after they have made their debuts at such an early age."


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