Published: 12th January, 2018
Surrey Academy Director Gareth Townsend has hailed the selection of Euan Woods in the England U19 World Cup squad.
Woods, 19, played regularly for the Second XI last summer and was a key part of the Surrey team that won both the two day and One Day ECB U17 competition in 2016.
He also represents Berkshire in the adult Minor Counties competition, winning the four day and One Day double this summer and being named Man of the Match in the 2016 final after hitting 142*.
Currently, he is playing for Sturt CC in Australia, where he hit an unbeaten 168 off 218 balls in a first grade game shortly before Christmas.
Speaking today, Townsend said: “This is great news for Euan and well deserved after his recent performances in Australia.
“The last few years have seen a number of his close age group contemporaries, such as Amar Virdi, Will Jacks, Ryan Patel and Gus Atkinson, earn professional contracts at the club.
“Euan has a good track record of scoring runs through his age group cricket and senior minor County Cricket, offering the ability to bowl off spin and being a good fielder he will give England options in their One Day format.
“He still has the opportunity to go on and achieve the same and this chance to play for his country in a World Cup will only help that progression.”
The left hander toured India with the England U19s in the 2016 winter, alongside his fellow Surrey batsman Will Jacks – who he is joining the England World Cup squad.
Woods’ late call up comes after Somerset all-rounder Tom Lammonby had to withdraw from the tournament after injuring his left hand in practice.
England beat Ireland in their first warm up earlier this week, with Jacks scoring an unbeaten century, but saw their final warm up game against Sri Lanka washed out on Thursday.
The tournament itself starts on Monday January 15th with group games against Namibia, Bangladesh and Canada, all of which will be played in Queenstown.