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BLAKE CULLEN NAMED IN ENGLAND UNDER 19 WORLD CUP SQUAD

BLAKE CULLEN NAMED IN ENGLAND SQUAD FOR ICC CRICKET UNDER 19 WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Lancashire's George Balderson will lead a 15-man England squad at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, with young Middlesex seamer Blake Cullen named within the squad.

The Young Lions go into the tournament in good spirits having reached the final of the Rising Stars Tri-Series in Antigua on Saturday, which featured West Indies U19 and Sri Lanka U19.

Middlesex's Cullen will have an opportunity to build on an impressive tour to Antigua.

All 15 members of the World Cup squad featured in the Antigua matches, including Kent’s Jordan Cox, who scored 228 runs in the tournament, and Balderson, who was the leading seamer in the competition with 15 wickets.

England U19 Head Coach Jon Lewis said: “I’m excited to see what this squad can do at the World Cup. It will be a great challenge for them both on and off the field, playing in unfamiliar conditions against new opposition in matches that will be televised around the world.

“The series in Antigua has shown that our core group of players can perform well in a challenging environment. Each individual is improving in their specific roles within the side, but in South Africa we’ll need to ensure these roles all come together to produce good team performances.

“We’ve seen in Antigua, and in our home tri-series this summer against India and Bangladesh, that we can beat some of the best teams in the world. I look forward to seeing how we can take that confidence into the pressurised environment of a World Cup.”

England squad for 2020 ICC U19 World Cup

George Balderson (Lancashire) - Captain

Kasey Aldridge (Somerset)

Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire)

Tom Clark (Sussex)

Jordan Cox (Kent)

Scott Currie (Hampshire)

Blake Cullen (Middlesex)

Harry Duke (Yorkshire)

Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire)

Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset)

Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)

George Hill (Yorkshire)

Dan Mousley (Warwickshire)

Hamidullah Qadri (Kent)

Sam Young (Somerset)

England ICC U19 World Cup warm-up fixtures

Sun 12 Jan: England U19s v Zimbabwe U19s - LC de Villiers Oval, Pretoria

Tue 14 Jan: England U19s v Afghanistan U19s - Mandela Oval, Hammanskraal

England's ICC U19 World Cup fixtures

Mon 20 Jan: England U19s v West Indies U19s - De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

Thu 23 Jan: England U19s v Australia U19s - De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

Sat 25 Jan: England U19s v Nigeria U19s - De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

Mon 27 Jan - Thu 6 Feb: Knockout stages

*Sun 9 Feb: ICC U19 World Cup final*

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