Lancashire’s George Balderson will lead England’s 15-strong squad at the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
The Young Lions go into the tournament in good spirits having reached the final of the Rising Stars Tri-Series in Antigua on Saturday, which featured West Indies U19 and Sri Lanka U19.
All 15 members of the World Cup squad featured in the Antigua matches, including Kent’s Jordan Cox, who scored 228 runs in the tournament, and Balderson, who was the leading seamer in the competition with 15 wickets.
Nottinghamshire all-rounder Joey Evison contributed with bat and ball, including equalling the fastest recorded U19s half-century when he reached 50 off just 18 balls in the final round robin match against Sri Lanka.
Somerset’s Kasey Aldridge finished third in the bowling charts with 13 wickets, behind Balderson and Sri Lanka spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan, and will hope to find pace and bounce in the South African wickets.
Jon Lewis, England U19 Head Coach
England U19 Head Coach Jon Lewis said: “I’m excited to see what this squad can do at the World Cup.
“It will be a great challenge for them both on and off the field, playing in unfamiliar conditions against new opposition in matches that will be televised around the world.
“The series in Antigua has shown that our core group of players can perform well in a challenging environment.
“Each individual is improving in their specific roles within the side, but in South Africa we’ll need to ensure these roles all come together to produce good team performances.
“We’ve seen in Antigua, and in our home tri-series this summer against India and Bangladesh, that we can beat some of the best teams in the world.
“I look forward to seeing how we can take that confidence into the pressurised environment of a World Cup.”
England squad for 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup
George Balderson (Lancashire) - captain
Kasey Aldridge (Somerset)
Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire)
Tom Clark (Sussex)
Jordan Cox (Kent)
Scott Currie (Hampshire)
Blake Cullen (Middlesex)
Harry Duke (Yorkshire)
Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire)
Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset)
Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)
George Hill (Yorkshire)
Dan Mousley (Warwickshire)
Hamidullah Qadri (Kent)
Sam Young (Somerset)
England ICC U19 Cricket World Cup warm-up fixtures
Sunday 12 January: England U19 v Zimbabwe U19 - LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria
Tuesday 14 January: England U19 v Afghanistan U19 - Mandela Oval, Hammanskraal
England's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup fixtures
Monday 20 January: England U19 v West Indies U19 - De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Thursday 23 January: England U19 v Australia U19 - De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Saturday 25 January: England U19 v Nigeria U19 - De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Monday 27 January - Thursday 6 Feb: Knockout stages
Sunday 9 February: ICC U19 World Cup final