Published: 2nd August, 2017
Surrey youngster Will Jacks believes his maiden century for England U19s was one of the best days of his cricketing career so far.
Jacks made 102 on Day 2 of the 2nd Youth Test, converting his 50 to triple figures in just 19 balls, as England ended the first innings just eight runs behind the visitors on 284 at Worcester.
The 18-year-old was eventually bowled shortly after reaching the landmark but it didn’t spoil his enjoyment of a fine, expansive innings on a tough New Road wicket for batsmen.
He said: “I’m completely over the moon. It was great fun and one of my best days as a cricketer so far. It means everything to score a century for my country.”
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Having made his first 50 off 81 balls batting at six, Jacks was settled for a long red ball innings. However, the regular fall of wickets at the other end convinced him to ratchet up his strike rate and hit six sixes to take him to his century.
“There was a stage where the bowlers were starting to come in and I was worried I might not make it. So I thought at that point the best thing for me and the team was to give it a bit of a whack and luckily it came off.
“That’s the main part of my game; the strong hitting. I’ve been working on the other part and they both came out today.”
Ryan Patel, who took four wickets on Day One, had earlier made 24 while Amar Virdi, who took one wicket in India’s first innings, was England’s ninth man out for 0.
We’ll have updates of how our three players are getting on in the final two days at Worcester on @surreycricket.