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    USA Under-15s to Tour India

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/usa/...ry/311665.html

    Wow, that's impressive. Unfortunately, they'll probably get destroyed. I've played against a few of these guys and they were pretty good (one was 5" with gavaskar-esque technique, the other two were nothing special) but looking at the junior talent in India, I can't help but fear for them. Should be a great experience though.

    Thoughts? Predictions? Apathy?
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    Go US.

    I think they have a shot, to be honest. It's much easier to play with people at lower levels (see countries like Nepal) as everyone is on a more even footing. Yes, some people have had better coaching, but its mostly relatively raw talent so its much closer than a full blown tour would be.
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    The US team is fine in terms of coaching as we have some excellent youth academies around here. Raw talent is where they will fall behind, IMO.

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    I would be surprised. If much smaller countries can produce talent at the lower levels that rival that of Test playing nations, there is nothing to stop the US kids. The very best of the best that usually go on to FC cricket haven't really developed fully yet (unless you're a prodigy ala Tendulkar), and so the guy who is going to bowl 90mph five years from now is only bowling 65 now, etc. While the guy who is going only be able to bowl 75mph is still bowling 65 now, eg less differentiation.

    I'm not saying they'll win, but I think they'll give a good account of themselves.


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    How can the 90 mph guy and the 75 mph both be bowling at the same pace right now?

    You can't look at junior cricket in the US as a full-blown talent pool. Only a few kids play cricket, less than the amount in Nepal (because you have so many other sports to play). More than the Indian pace, I can imagine our boys having trouble against Indian batsmen and Indian spinners. These guys play street cricket every freaking day.

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    Were you two guys born in the US of A?
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    I wasn't. Not sure about adharcric. I'd support the US if the two played though.

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    Yeah, me neither. As for who I'd support, I'm not sure - I'd love to see the US do well because it's a bunch of second generation ex-pats just like me, but I'd like to see India have superb junior prospects. The latter is a given, so I guess I would support the US just.
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    Interesting. Fairly sure "Turd" said he'd support India if it was them vs Canada, and IIRR he's Canadian-born.

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    USA! USA! USA!



    By the way adharcic, you must've been pretty close to the batsman to know that he was 5".

    Oh and yeah, I would USA if they played India as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10 View Post
    USA! USA! USA!



    By the way adharcic, you must've been pretty close to the batsman to know that he was 5".

    Oh and yeah, I would USA if they played India as well.
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    What about if they played Pakistan for you two?

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    I'd root for USA, mostly because because they likely wouldn't stand a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10
    By the way adharcic, you must've been pretty close to the batsman to know that he was 5".
    Oh yeah.

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    I played for my local town (in England) in the junior U15 squad... we had a game with a touring Mumbai U15's team... their age on average was around 12. We had some quite tall pacey bowlers and in comparison they were very short in stature. The bowl was swinging crazily and it was absolutely freezing that day. Bottom line, we got smashed... complete shock as we thought it would be an easy game when they were toddling off the coach walking into the pavilion. Amazing talent at domestic level... if that was anything to go by then good luck to USA against their international side!

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