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Brett Hutton insists England cannot afford to underestimate Nepal tomorrow as they attempt to book their place in the Under-19 World Cup quarter-finals.

After bouncing back from their opening defeat to hosts Australia with victory over Ireland, Adam Ball’s side know a win against Nepal will see them advance into the last eight as Group A runners-up.

Nepal have lost both matches in the competition, but Nottinghamshire all-rounder Hutton appreciates England will have to be on their guard at Endeavour Park in Townsville.

Brett Hutton

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Brett Hutton labelled England Under-19's World Cup Group A game against Nepal tomorrow as "massive."

“It’s massive. We have still got to go out there and win it, although looking at it we are favourites to beat them,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“Cricket is a funny game. We have got to back ourselves to get in there and assess the quarter-final.

“We didn’t know anything about them until we saw them on TV the other day. We got a bit of footage from the other game they played so we have had a look at them already.

“I dont think there is any more pressure than any other game. Everyone is upbeat and feeling good.”

Asked what Nepal’s biggest threat is, Hutton - who took 1-21 off seven overs against Ireland, replied: “Definitely their spinners, they have a lot of them. That is what we are going to have to contend with.”

Hutton was part of England’s 15-man squad that travelled to Australia for a quadrangular one-day series in April.

That tour gave the Young Lions a feel for the conditions Down Under, which Hutton believes has helped.

“I think the fact we have been here before and seen the pitches and grounds has helped us to prepare better and know what to expect,” he said.

“It wasn’t exactly the same to what it was when we were here before, but it’s similar so that helps.”

Hutton admits playing in the showpiece is a completely different experience to other tours, but one the squad are enjoying.

”It’s different to all the other ones, but it’s good,” he added. “It’s a completely different feel because everything has more on it.”

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