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U19s Cricket World Cup Watch: Final Preview

U19s Cricket World Cup Watch: Final Preview

England will come up against India for the chance to be crowned the ICC U19s Cricket World Cup Champions out in Antigua.

The game will start at 13:00 GMT tomorrow (5 February) live on Sky Sports.

England - who have previously defeated South Africa and Afghanistan at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium - head into the final unbeaten. India will also head into the final unbeaten after defeating Australia in the semi-final.

Lancashire’s George Bell, Joshua Boyden and Tom Aspinwall have played in every game at the tournament so far, all three playing key roles at difference stages throughout England's campaign.

Bell has reached a half-century on two occasions in the tournament including a match winning 56 not out vs Afghanistan in the semi-final.

Boyden has been rewarded with 13 wickets from five game, regularly taking wickets with the new ball and showcasing his death bowling abilities at the end of the Afghanistan semi-final.

Whilst Aspinwall has picked up five wickets in the tournament and the all-rounder turned the semi-final on its head, when he ran out Shirzad to break a 96-run partnership, before picking up two wickets in his next two overs.

Speaking ahead of the final, Bell said: “It’s something that you dream of as a kid and to get the chance to do it, is going to be amazing. I’m sure there will be a few nerves flying around, but once they’ve calmed down after the first ball is bowled I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing experience to be part of.

“India are a very good side from what I’ve seen, but anyone can win on the day it’s just about who can hold their nerve under the pressure of the final. We’ve been in great form as a team so I think it will be a really good game."

Bell along with Boyden and Aspinwall has thanked everyone at home for their support and messages along the way, including several of the Lancashire First Team who have been following their progress.

Bell added: “Everyone has been so supportive but the main message from a lot of people is to bring the trophy home and it would be great if we could do so not only for ourselves but for all the support back home as well."

A win on Saturday would cap off a great tournament for England and discussing his time out in the West Indies, Bell concluded: “We have been able to get out and play some golf and also had a boat trip around some of the islands just off Antigua, where we got to snorkel around some amazing coral reefs. It’s definitely good to get out and do things like that just to take our minds off cricket or a few hours”.

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