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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
USA find some positives
Richard Staple
We wanted to introduce the sport to a national audience
Richard Staple
USA captain Richard Staple was content with his team's achievements as they were sent home from the ICC Champions Trophy with defeat to Australia.

"We just have to keep our heads up high because we were playing against the best team in the world," he said.

"There are positives in that we learned from the way these guys play and that was one of our main objectives.

"We didn't realistically expect to beat these teams - we just wanted to see how we would match up against them."

The Americans lost two wickets in the first two overs and struggled to cope with the pace of the Australians.

Only Steve Massiah, with 23, got into double figures as the US crashed out for a tournament record low 65.

"Their bowling attack is the best in the world so we weren't looking to go out there and blast these guys about and they really didn't give us anything to blast," Staple continued.

"We didn't really get a start at all apart from Massiah. They came right at us from the beginning and we were never able to recover.

"It was always going to be tough when you're down five wickets for less that 40 runs and they just ran right through us at the end."

Steve Massiah
Steve Massiah played one or two aggressive shots

Staple, an estate agent, returns to work on Monday morning, and his side's next target will be the ICC Trophy in Ireland next July.

"It's very important for US cricket that we do well in that tournament and qualify for the World Cup," he added.

"One of the things we wanted to achieve with this tournament televised nationally was to introduce the sport to a national audience and hopefully get more interest than there is already."



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