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Coach Trott Remains Optimistic: Don't Count Afghanistan Out Yet

Nov 8 (Reuters) — Despite a heart-wrenching three-wicket loss to Australia in Mumbai, Afghanistan's cricket coach, Jonathan Trott, remains steadfast in his optimism. Trott believes that, just as they rebounded from earlier defeats, his team can defy the odds again. The narrow loss to Australia, where Glenn Maxwell's unbeaten 201 secured an astonishing victory, has left Afghanistan in the sixth position, closely trailing New Zealand and Pakistan in net run rate. Trott's team is gearing up for a crucial match against second-placed South Africa on Friday, with hopes of securing a spot in the semi-finals.

Reflecting on the team's resilience, Trott pointed out, "We lost the New Zealand game pretty heavily and came back and won the next game. We lost the India game very heavily. Came back and beat England." Although acknowledging the bitter disappointment of the recent defeat, Trott remains optimistic about a strong performance against South Africa.

Afghanistan, historically with limited success in World Cup campaigns, has already marked a notable improvement by winning four out of their eight matches in India. Despite Maxwell's remarkable innings and missed opportunities to dismiss him early in the game, Trott emphasizes the need to appreciate exceptional play while acknowledging the missed chances.

As Afghanistan looks ahead to the crucial clash against South Africa, Trott is hopeful that his team can secure a much-desired victory and continue their impressive turnaround in the tournament. The match against South Africa holds the key to their aspirations for a spot in the semi-finals. Reporting by Chiranjit Ojha in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford.

In conclusion, despite the setback against Australia, Coach Jonathan Trott's unwavering optimism reflects the resilience of the Afghanistan cricket team. Trott highlights their ability to bounce back from previous defeats, emphasizing the team's potential for a turnaround. With a critical match against South Africa on the horizon, Afghanistan's journey in the World Cup remains unpredictable. Trott acknowledges the bitter pill of the recent loss but remains hopeful for a stronger performance in the upcoming game. As Afghanistan seeks a semi-final spot, Trott's confidence in his team's capabilities adds an element of anticipation to their World Cup campaign, showcasing the spirit of determination in the face of challenges.