U-19 World Cup: Received messages from senior team, they are impressed with us, says England captain Tom Prest

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U-19 World Cup: Received messages from senior team, they are impressed with us, says England captain Tom Prest

Both England and India are unbeaten going into the final of the ICC U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, and they know that the only way to win is to keep playing attacking cricket.

In their fourth consecutive final, India is aiming for a record fifth trophy, while England has had its best ICC U19 Men’s CWC in the 24 years since their only victory. Skipper Tom Prest is well aware of the team’s history and the achievements they have already made, and with the likes of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan offering their backing, he is hoping to emulate the 1998 squad.

“It’s the first time in 24 years that England have been in this final. I don’t know if we can believe it at the moment, we’re going to be playing in a World Cup final. It’s something you dream of growing up. So we’re all really excited and can’t wait to play,” said Prest on the eve of the game, as reported by ICC’s official website.

“This morning we had messages from quite a few of the England senior team. Saying that they had following it and really impressed with us. So it’s nice to know we have so much support from back home. They were saying that how impressed they have been with us and proud of what we have done getting to our first Under-19 Men’s Final in 24 years. It’s amazing to know they have been watching and following,” he added.

England should be familiar with the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. As they defeated South Africa in the quarter-final and Afghanistan in the semi-final there.

“We’ve tried to play that attacking brand of cricket that Eoin Morgan instilled in his squad. Whether that is with the bat, ball or field, we always try to take the positive option. That was one of the messages they were saying in their video they sent this morning. To not back down from the big occasion in the final and still play with that positive intent,” said Prest.

Meanwhile, after excellent victory over defending champions Bangladesh in the quarterfinals. And then Australia last time around, India will be playing at a new venue.

The match referee for the final will be Graeme Le Brooy. And the match officials will be Roland Black of Ireland and Asif Yaqoob of Pakistan. The TV umpire will be Pakistan’s Rashid Riaz, and the fourth umpire will be West Indies’ Jacqueline Williams.

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