29 Jan 2016

Sport: Fiji cricketers tweak their tactics for Zimbabwe clash

12:17 pm on 29 January 2016

Fiji have taken heart from some major upsets at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup as they seek to rebound from a heavy first up defeat.

The Meleanesian side were crushed by 299 runs in their tournament opener against England.

Head coach Shane Jurgensen says their lack of experience cost them at certain times while players were guilty of too many basic mistakes, such as dropped catches.

He wants the players to show a positive reaction against Zimbabwe today and says the success of Nepal and Bangladesh against New Zealand and South Africa shows anything is possible.

"That's the way that we're sort of handling it because we had a good game against Scotland [in our] second warm-up game after South Africa beat us quite easily. We should have won the game against Scotland and today's game we need to bring that type of intensity to the match and I'm confident that the players will. We made some adjustments to the team today: maybe where the guys are batting, a couple of adjustments to the bowlers that we want to bowl at certain periods. [In] important periods of the game we must capitalise or continue to put pressure on the opposition."

Shane Jurgensen says you tend to learn more from big defeats than any other type of game and it's important Fiji have the confidence to get over the England result, "shake it off" and respond positively against Zimbabwe.

The Fiji Under 19 team at the World Cup in Bangladesh.

The Fiji Under 19 team at the World Cup in Bangladesh. Photo: Cricket Fiji