Published: 6th December, 2017
Surrey’s Will Jacks captained the England U19s into the final of their ongoing World Cup warm up tri-series with South Africa and Namibia.
Jacks, who recently turned 19, was handed the arm band as regular captain Harry Brook was rested and contributed 20 to England’s 269/6 before martialling his bowlers well and taking a catch as England rolled the opponents over for just 139.
England will play South Africa in the final group match before playing the hosts again in Sunday’s final, which will be their last match before heading for New Zealand for the World Cup after Christmas.
Speaking after the game, England U19s coach Richard Dawson said: “We were pleased with the run outs. We’ve been talking a lot about our fielding standards looking ahead to the World Cup, and the lads were outstanding in the day-night game against South Africa – but Tayls [England fielding coach Chris Taylor] was keen for them to convert a few run-out chances, so he was pleased with that.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Dawson added: “We put in a seriously good performance to beat them the other night, but we know they’ll come back strong, so we’ll have to raise our game again, which is good – it’s all about finding a bit of consistency for us, and so far things have been going well.”