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    'We will fight for honours against Aus'

    Canada are determined to put up a fight in their last 2011 World Cup league match.

    Bangalore: Undeterred by the invincible reputation of Australia, minnows Canada are determined to put up a fight in their last 2011 World Cup league match here on Wednesday.

    ''We have nothing to lose but fight for honours and go home with our heads high. We know playing against the champions is not going to be easy,'' Canadian skipper Ashish Bagai told reporters at a pre-match press conference here.

    With a lone victory over Kenya in Delhi on March 7 and four defeats against other teams in Group A, the Canadian team has sweated it out at the adjacent National Cricket Academy ground and the Chinnaswamy Stadium since they landed in this tech hub.

    Reiterating that playing in a World Cup and against established teams like Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka was a great opportunity to learn and build a team, the wicketkeeper said Canada would like to prove a point by taking on Australia in all the departments (batting, bowling and fielding) to be in the reckoning for a berth in the 2015 World Cup.

    'We are aware of the ICC (International Cricket Council) move to reduce the number of teams to eight or 10 from the next edition, which is being supported by some of its members. But we hope they (ICC) will have a re-look at it and allow younger teams like ours to play in big tournaments in the interest of the game and people who follow it keenly,' Bagai asserted.

    Citing the dramatic victories of Ireland and Bangladesh against England and the way Kenya fought against Australia on Sunday, Bagai said his team too would go all-out against the Aussies to prove that countries like Canada can improve a lot by playing in one-day internationals and in tournaments like the World Cup.