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Rhodes inspired by Class Of '98

Will Rhodes was two years old when an England side featuring the likes of Graeme Swann, Rob Key and Owais Shah won the 1998 Under-19 World Cup.

It is safe to say, therefore, that the modern-day skipper for the age-group showpiece will have little memory of that achievement.

But, even so, Rhodes is understandably looking back at their efforts as a benchmark that the side he leads will look to emulate in the competition next month in the United Arab Emirates.

Rhodes told ecb.co.uk: "As a group we feel it would a massive achievement to replicate what the 1998 side did.

Will Rhodes will lead England Under-19s in next month's World Cup and is aiming to emulate the 1998 team by winning it

"However, we know that the UAE is a tough place to go and win tournaments so we know that we will have to perform to the best of our ability to get as far as we can in the competition."

While Rhodes is well aware of the difficult task facing his side, the Yorkshire player admits England's preparation - the highlight of which was December's tri-series against the UAE and Pakistan in the conditions that await - could not be better.

"We have done a lot of preparation for this tournament," he added. "Obviously the tri-series we competed in contributed significantly to out preparation.

"However, the pre-acclimatisation week that we have before the World Cup will stand us in good stead before the opening game against the UAE.

"From our experiences of the tour before Christmas, we have found that the spinners play a crucial role during the middle of the innings and also during the powerplay.

"Our batsmen have worked over the winter and they feel that they are confident to adapt to the different conditions that the grounds have to offer."