EN-U19 vs AU-U19 Match Update: England Under-19 will face Australia Under-19 in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at the County Ground, Hove, Brighton on Saturday. The hosts are trailing 0-2 in the series and need to win this game to keep their hopes alive.
Australia Under-19 dominate the series so far
Australia Under-19 have been the superior side in this series, winning two out of three games convincingly. The first game was washed out by rain, but Australia Under-19 were in a commanding position before the interruption. They restricted England Under-19 to 151/8 in 39 overs and were chasing 128 in 29 overs with nine wickets in hand.
In the second game, Australia Under-19 chased down 264 with ease, winning by seven wickets and 46 balls to spare. Sam Konstas (87), Hugh Weibgen (64) and Harjas Singh (57*) were the main contributors with the bat.
In the third match, Australia Under-19 made 242/7 in 40 overs, thanks to a brilliant knock of 76 from Weibgen and a quick-fire 45 from Singh. England Under-19 were bowled out for 204 in reply, despite a fighting 67 from Hamza Shaikh. Mahli Beardman was the pick of the bowlers for Australia Under-19, taking 4/32.
England Under-19 need to step up their game
England Under-19 have failed to match up to the standards of their opponents in this series. Their batting has been inconsistent and their bowling has lacked penetration. They have also been guilty of dropping crucial catches and missing run-out opportunities.
England Under-19 captain Luc Benkenstein has admitted that his team needs to improve in all aspects of the game. He has urged his players to show more character and fight in the remaining matches. He has also backed his young squad to learn from their mistakes and bounce back strongly.
England Under-19 will be hoping for some support from their home crowd at Hove, where they have won two out of three ODIs against Australia Under-19 in the past. They will also be looking for some inspiration from their senior team, who are currently leading the Ashes series 2-1 against Australia.
EN-U19 vs AU-U19 probable playing XIs
England Under-19 are likely to make some changes to their playing XI after their disappointing performance in the third ODI. They might bring in Noah Thain and Farhan Ahmed for Theo Wylie and Daniel Hogg.
Australia Under-19 are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination. They have a balanced side with a strong batting line-up and a varied bowling attack.
England Under-19 probable playing XI:
Henry Rogers, Ross Whitfield, Hamza Shaikh, Luc Benkenstein ©, Jack Carney (wk), Noah Thain, Dominic Kelly, Charlie Barnard, Farhan Ahmed, Dominic Leech, Harry Petrie
Australia Under-19 probable playing XI:
Sam Konstas, Harry Dixon, Hugh Weibgen ©, Ryan Hicks (wk), Harjas Singh, Lachlan Aitken, Raf MacMillan, Cody Reynolds, Josh Vernon, Mahli Beardman, Harkirat Bajwa
EN-U19 vs AU-U19 Dream11 prediction
For fantasy cricket enthusiasts, here is a possible Dream11 team for this match:
Wicketkeepers: Jack Carney, Ryan Hicks
Batters: Hamza Shaikh (vc), Harjas Singh ©, Hugh Weibgen
All-rounders: Sam Konstas, Henry Rogers, Luc Benkenstein
Bowlers: Dominic Kelly, Mahli Beardman, Raf MacMillan