Boon eyes World Cup boost
Elite Player Development head coach Tim Boon is hoping England Under-19s can step up their preparations for the World Cup by impressing during next month's quadrangular series in Australia.
England’s young guns make the trip to take on the hosts, as well as India and New Zealand ahead of the showpiece Down Under in August.
Indeed, Boon already has eyes on the World Cup and is aiming to lay a platform from which the Under-19s can build upon.
“We want to develop further ahead of the World Cup,” he told ecb.co.uk. “It is about players coming to the party; if you go back a year, we’ve seen players progress, one or two drop out and some come in.
“The team is building slowly and we are looking for one or two more players to emerge to put us in a nice place before the World Cup - it’s about player development.
“If the players stick to their roles like they can do, and two more develop and come through, we have a great opportunity to win games and it would be really nice to win the series.”
The fact the quadrangular series will be played in the same conditions as the World Cup is a further boost for Boon, who is happy with the recent development of his players.
“There are great opportunities in terms of conditions, environment, opposition and game intelligence,” he said. “We will be taking somebody else out there who will be looking at the opposition.
“They will be studying to give us that two per cent edge and it is good ahead of the World Cup to be there before that event.”
He added: “I think things are coming together really well - we have seen a lot of progression and development. The one thing I have noticed on this camp is how players have developed physically.
“That is testimony to the work they have done at their counties. It is exciting and it culminates in three or four months’ time in the World Cup; I am looking forward to it.”
Australia seems a far cry from what England are currently experiencing; they are in the midst of an intensive indoor training regime, which includes painstaking fatigue training.
The players are also practising match situations - something Boon feels is essential.
“We’ve got some game situations going on - we have got two teams in the camp, so everything they do is competitive,” he said.
“I like to think that environment brings the best out of the players, we’re are trying to keep it as close to what we will be experiencing outside next week.”