Published: 23rd January, 2014
Jack Winslade and Dominic Sibley are just a week away from jetting off to the UAE for the U19 World Cup – and have spoken about their excitement at the once in a lifetime opportunity.
Winslade, who finished his school career last year and is currently training in the Kia Oval’s Ken Barrington Centre nets with the rest of the Surrey squad, told Mark Church: “I’m really happy about it – it’s a big achievement and I’m looking to playing against the best players in the world from my age group.
“We’ve got a good squad that have played a bit together – I think we’ve got a good chance.”
Sibley, who has had to return to Whitgift School in Croydon to complete his A-Levels, will be bringing the books with him to the Middle East. Speaking during a free period this week, the opening batsman said: “At half-term I was lucky enough to go to Sri Lanka with the U19 batting group which was a great experience. Playing in a World Cup will be great – according to the coaches it’s a bit of a different experience to playing in a One Day series or a Test series.
“Every time you put the England shirt on it’s a special feeling – just like playing for Surrey. I can’t wait to do it again at the World Cup.”
The pair will spend time getting acclimatised before playing warm up matches against Scotland and Bangladesh ahead of the first game of the tournament, against the UAE on February 14th before playing Sri Lanka on February 16th and New Zealand on February 18th. If England are successful in getting out of the group, they will go into the quarter finals – with any potential final set for a date at the end of February.