England get their ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign underway against Namibia in Queenstown, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Sunday.
Yorkshire all-rounder Harry Brook leads England’s 15-man squad in New Zealand, looking to improve on their their performance in the 2016 edition of the tournament when they were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by Sri Lanka.
Coached by former England bowler Jon Lewis, who is assisted by Jonathan Trott as batting coach, Neil Killeen as fast bowling coach, and Chris Taylor as fielding coach, England, whose only tournament win came back in 1998, warmed up the competition with a comprehensive victory over Ireland.
The batsmen fired for Lewis’ side against the Irish, smashing 372-8 from their 50 overs with Brook and Surrey star Will Jacks scoring hundreds before being retired.
Leon Banks and Finlay Trenouth were also in the runs, scoring 33 and 73 respectively, leaving Ireland a mammoth chase.
England’s bowlers warmed up for the tournament and their opening Group C encounter in perfect style, bowling Ireland out for 247 with Hampshire all-rounder Tom Scriven the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-24.
Meanwhile, Namibia will be looking to bounce back from their opening rain-affected defeat to Bangladesh. In a 20-over contest, Bangladesh hit 190-4 before restricting Namibia to 103-6 to secure an 87-run victory.
Don’t miss England’s Under-19 World Cup opener, against Namibia, live from 9.25pm on Sunday night on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Mix (channel 121).