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Australia Under-19s will defend the crown they won in 2010 on home soil when the World Cup comes to Queensland next year

The 2012 Under-19 World Cup will be held in Queensland, Australia, it was confirmed today.

The defending champions will be able to draw on home advantage at next year’s tournament, with Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Townsville acting as hosts.

England are among the 16 teams that will compete in the ninth edition. They have been drawn alongside Australia, Nepal and Ireland in Group A.

It is the second time the competition has been held in Australia, after the inaugural event in 1988. Australia won the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: “The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is the showcase event for best young cricketers in the world and is where the next Cameron White or Yuvraj Singh gets their first real taste of top-level international cricket.”

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