16 Aug 2012

Sport: PNG taking lessons from World Cup struggles

10:34 am on 16 August 2012

Papua New Guinea coach Peter Anderson insists his team is learning plenty despite a difficult start to the Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

The Garamuts have lost their opening two matches against Zimbabwe and West Indies, and face an equally tough assignment against India in Thursday's final Group match in Townsville.

Anderson says losing wickets at crucial times has cost them but he says the chance to play against regular test-playing nations is proving invaluable.

"As long as you're learning and gaining experiences is what this is all about. I think you've got to be realistic - we're playing the top two teams in the world, in my opinion, when you come up against the West Indies and Brathwaite has played seven test matches for his country, as an opening batsmen, and the bowlers opening the West Indies attack are 140-145km per hour in pace. Our guys wouldn't have come up against that before on really hard, quick wickets so it has been a real learning curve."