AUSSIE AUSSIE: Waqar Yunus is an all-rounder in his cricket team.
AUSSIE AUSSIE: Waqar Yunus is an all-rounder in his cricket team.

Cricket lovers glued to screens for exciting final

CRICKET fanatic Waqar Yunus was decked out in the green and gold on Sunday, watching the game he would like to make a career out of.

Waqar, 17, plays cricket for Yaralla and is a Queensland under 17 representative.

"My life revolves around cricket," he said. "It's just a sport I have adapted to. I have been playing since I was 11."

The year 12 student said Australia had the game "in the bag".

"We have a good chance of winning especially on our home turf," he said.

"New Zealand aren't playing as well as I thought."

Waqar and his family are originally from South Africa.

"Cricket is not as big in South Africa as it is here," he said. "My mum even loves it. She knows most of the rules."

Micaiah Chapman and Josh Noovao went to Gladstone State High together and play each other in rugby union.  They settled in to watch the cricket world cup final on Sunday.
Micaiah Chapman and Josh Noovao went to Gladstone State High together and play each other in rugby union. They settled in to watch the cricket world cup final on Sunday. Laura McKee

Meanwhile, Micaiah Chapman and mate Josh Noovao camped out infront of their TV with some KFC, barracking for New Zealand.

Micaiah isn't as passionate as Waqar, joining the cricket bandwagon recently.

"I started liking the cricket when the World Cup started," he said.

"All my mates talk about it so I just got into it."

Micaiah has lived in Australia for two years and Josh has lived here for six.

Micaiah said he liked rugby league and union better than cricket but he would support New Zealand in any sport they played in.

"For a small country we do really good," he said. "We won the rugby union and Four Nations."

He predicted the Kiwis to get pipped by one run.

"I reckon Australia will get 211 runs," he said. "They have a good team."

Australia ended up easily winning the World Cup, chasing down New Zealand's score to finish with 3/186.

Steve Smith scored the winning runs.



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