Australia open U19 World Cup with win over England
Australia got the defence of their Under-19 World Cup title underway with a comfortable six-wicket defeat of England in Townsville.
The bowlers did the share of the work on a quick pitch, bowling England out for 143, before Travis Head and skipper William Bosisto shored up a shaky top order with a match-winning partnership.
Australia won the toss and immediately put England in to bat, a decision that paid dividends as Joel Paris removed Daniel Bell-Drummond, who had made 91 against Pakistan in a warm-up match, for a duck in the first over.
Paris trapped the England opener leg before with an inswinger before Mark Steketee took over and removed Ben Foakes in the second over, again with an inswinger.
Steketee struck again in the 11th over, claiming the scalp of Alex Davies, before Gurinder Sandhu and Ashton Turner ripped through England’s middle order with three wickets apeice.
Sandhu removed Aneesh Kapil and Craig Overton, while Turner accounted for Ben Duckett, Sam Woods and Jamie Overton. Paris added a second wicket when he trapped Reece Topley lbw before Sandhu wrapped things up with his third when he had Ben Collins caught.
England made a positive start to their spell in the field when Topley broke Jimmy Pierson’s middle stump with just the second ball of Australia’s innings.
Jamie Overton added the air of optimism for England when he removed Cameron Bancroft before Topley added Meyrick Buchanan to his tally, the two departing in the third and sixth over respectively.
And Australia found themselves floundering on 54 for 4 when Kurtis Patterson became the second victim of the Overton twins, Jamie having the promising youngster caught by Craig in an almost carbon copy of the Bancroft wicket.
But Head, who made 87 off 42 balls in Australia’s warm-up against Scotland, steadied the ship quickly after coming to the crease, combining well with Bosisto.
Head brought up his half-century off 52 balls bringing things to an end with the only six of the match, lofting Craig Overton over the long-on boundary.