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England Under-19 coach Mark Robinson was impressed with his bowlers, notably David Payne of Gloucestershire © ICC

England Under-19s coach Mark Robinson knows tougher challenges lie in store despite his side storming into the World Cup quarter-finals.

England thrashed both Hong Kong and Afghanistan by nine wickets to move into the knockout stages.

Before then England will face India on Thursday – the winner will face the runners-up in Group D, most likely West Indies or Bangladesh, while the loser looks set to meet Pakistan.

“The team played really well against Afghanistan,” said Robinson.

“I think they did the simple things well and they're growing as a unit. Everyone is fully aware they've got a tougher test yet to come and we weren't put under a lot of pressure but that had quite a bit to do with how we went about our business.

"I thought today we were vastly improved in our performance compared to the Hong Kong match. The opening spells of the four seamers were as good as what you'd want.

“We put the opposition under a lot of pressure which was slightly different to the Hong Kong match as we were dealing with a flat wicket. From a batting point of view it was just a really clinical performance.

"We got some good things out of the game. We saw Adam Ball come in and play very well which gives us another option to play the extra seamer.

“Michael Bates was ill and didn't play so Joss Buttler took the gloves and did a good job so we've got a bit of a selection dilemma for the India game.

Nathan Buck & Azeem Rafiq

Nathan Buck, who took three wickets, celebrates with Azeem Rafiq who finished with 2-29 from 10 overs © ICC

"The New Zealand warm up match was really good for us, although we lost, because it was a benchmark. No one is complacent as we're all fully aware of what is to come and what is required.”

How England perform against India will give Robinson a true indication of where his side are. Battering the underdogs is one thing, defeating India is a totally different proposition.

Robinson knows England need to hit peak form if they are to be successful.

"Part of the challenge for us as coaching staff is to get the players working at the right tempo that they need to be to progress as far as possible throughout the tournament and that's beginning to happen now,” he said.

“The big challenge for us on Thursday when we play India is when we're put under pressure how we absorb it and can we punch back.

"We expect India to be very enthusiastic, very noisy and very competitive. Asian players are very good at hitting the ball into less conventional places so we know they're going to put us under pressure but we've got some good players.

“They're the games you want to play in. You want to be put under pressure and we're expecting a good contest."

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