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Wakely to lead Under-19s

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Alex Wakely

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The England and Wales Cricket Board have named Alex Wakely as captain of the 14-man squad to take part in the forthcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia during February 2008.

The squad includes nine players who have already played first-class cricket for their counties.

Of those players Billy Godleman has enjoyed an excellent 2007 season, notching up his maiden first-class century for Middlesex and scoring 149 from 150 balls to help England Under-19s beat the touring Pakistan Under-19 side at Grace Road.

Elite Player Development and England Under-19's manager John Abrahams said: “We have selected a strong squad that has a lot of experience of playing international Under-19 cricket.

“Many of the players have already had the opportunity to play cricket in Malaysia during an England Under-19's tour earlier in the year.”

England Under-19 coach Andy Pick added: “This is a great opportunity for this group of players to test their cricketing skills on a world stage.

“We will be working very hard over the next four months to prepare the team for the challenges that will face them in Malaysia.

"I believe that if they continue to show the same level of commitment that they demonstrated during the summer then they will have a good chance of progressing into the latter stages of this tournament.”

Northamptonshire's Wakely, who will captain England for the first time, said: “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to captain this England team during the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup."

England squad for ICC Under-19 World Cup

Alex Wakely (Northamptonshire) captain
Ben Brown (Sussex) wkt
Liam Dawson (Hampshire)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Billy Godleman (Middlesex)
James Harris (Glamorgan)
James Lee (Yorkshire)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Sam Northeast (Kent)
Daniel Redfern (Derbyshire)
James Taylor (Worcestershire)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Greg Wood (Yorkshire) wkt