The young brigade from England U-19 camp would be hoping for a final shot at India, as they will be aiming to do what Bangladesh did in 2020. India have always been the favorite to win this title, just like in 2020. But England should be determined and confident because they have been in blistering form in this year’s ICC Men’s U-19 World Cup.
England faced five different kinds of challenges, but they managed to sail through all of them pretty comfortably. UAE and Canada were easily dispatched in the group stages, as were South Africa in the quarter-final. However, their convincing victories over Bangladesh and Afghanistan were the most impressive. Both Asian sides were supposed to test England with their quality spinners, but neither succeeded in doing so.
England stomped through the finals with five wins in five matches and are unbeaten in the tournament, just like their finalists, India. England have a balanced team, as both the batters and bowlers have performed well, with a batting average of 47.03 and a bowling average of 18.53. Let’s look at the players that managed to take England through to the finals.
The captain led from the front with the bat in hand. TJ Prest, the captain, and England’s number three batter, is their highest run-getter of the tournament to date. He has been marvelous for the team, with 292 runs at an unbelievable average of 73.
Prest is currently the third-highest run-getter of the tournament. Prest has the highest score of 154 not-out and has struck at a strike rate of 103.91. He has to continue with this form for one final inning to cross the line for his country as the captain and lift the World Cup on Saturday.
Jacob Bethell, the left-handed opener for England, is the second most prolific run-scorer for them at the tournament. He has scored 203 runs at an average of 40.60 and an impressive strike rate of 110.32. It includes two half-centuries and the highest score of 88 against South Africa in the crucial quarter-final.
The opener needs to play well in the finals to give the English a strong start with the bat. If Bethell scores runs in the way he has been doing in the tournament, then the boys from England have a great chance of winning the title in the West Indies.
With 13 wickets in the bag, Boyden is currently the highest wicket-taker for England in the tournament. The left-arm pacer is a promising talent who can do wonders in International cricket in the coming future.
A mind-blowing average and economy rate of 9.53 and 3.17, respectively, have made the pacer nearly unplayable so far in the tournament. Boyden has to pick wickets upfront, like he has done until now, to give the English a chance to restrict the mighty batting unit of India.
Ahmed has been England’s find of the tournament. The attacking leg-spinner can produce wickets, even though he has been slightly on the expensive side. His best returns of 4-30, is one of the three four-wicket hauls he has managed in the tournament.
With 12 wickets and an average of 9.91, Ahmed is a player to watch out for in the finals. Indian batters are known to play spin well, but the young leggy has backed himself to pick wickets in every circumstance. Ahmed has to put his best foot forward once again to win an ICC Men’s U-19 World Cup for his nation.
The team with a better composure and mindset will win it on the big stage of the Final. Since the tournament began, the English have looked like that team with five easy wins to reach the finals. To recreate history and follow in the footsteps of their senior men’s team with an ICC World Cup victory, the youngsters will have to give all they have and believe in themselves.