INDIA stumped Australia at the final hurdle and won the ICC Under-19 World Cup by six-wickets in Townsville on Sunday.
Australia had won every game until the final and coach, former Queensland Bulls captain Stuart Law, is confident his young charges will learn from that disappointment and become better cricketers because of it.
Law, who played one Test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia, said although the end result does not show it, his team had improved with each game it played in the tournament.
"Sure it would have been fantastic to win the final, but they (India) are an impressive team and they played better than us on the day," Law, who quit as coach of Bangladesh to return home to Brisbane as the high-performance coach based at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence earlier this year, said.
"You could say that we didn't help ourselves in the field in the final by dropping a couple of catches, but hey, that's cricket - it's happens and you move on.
"You learn much more in cricket by losing than when you win.
"We were a very young unit in terms of experience, so the more cricket you play at this age, the better it is, especially in a tournament such as this.
"They (his players) now have a real insight to what professional cricket demands of them now."
But it was not only Law, who led Queensland to four Sheffield Shield titles, the young Aussies were trying to impress - former Australian captain Greg Chappell was in camp with the team in his role as national talent manager.
Law said he thought that was a great move.
"Having Greg with us provided great exposure for these young kids to be performing under the pressure of playing in a World Cup in front of such a highly influential person," he said. "Hopefully they go away from this and understand that the hard work hasn't been completed. It has only just begun for them."