Australia v England, ICC U-19 World Cup, Townsville August 11, 2012

Australia begin campaign with six-wicket win

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Australia Under-19 147 for 4 (Head 57*) beat England Under-19 143 (Sandhu 3-27, Turner 3-30) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Defending champions Australia opened their Under-19 World Cup campaign with a comprehensive victory against England, set up by a powerful fast-bowling performance on a quick pitch in Townsville. Their top order struggled against the new ball during the chase, but that wobble was shored up by Travis Head and the captain William Bosisto, who played mature innings and shared a match-winning partnership.

The tournament began in idyllic conditions. The Tony Ireland Stadium on the outskirts of town, surrounded by grass banks, trees and hills, was bathed in sunshine under a cloudless sky. A cool breeze blew through the day to take the edge off the sun. In perfect weather for cricket watching, a fair number of spectators turned up even though this tournament has had little publicity in Australia. Not many cheered when Bosisto won the toss, but that little bit of luck was important given the pace and bounce in the pitch.

Australia's opening bowlers - the left-right combination of Joel Paris and Mark Steketee - struck in their first overs. Paris, bowling with the wind, trapped Daniel Bell-Drummond, who had made 91 in the warm-up against Pakistan and is one of England's premier batsmen, leg before for a duck with an inswinger. In this extremely professional environment, there was a reminder that the competitors are only young boys when Bell-Drummond came into the grandstand and got a consoling hug from his father, who has made the trip to watch his son play.

Steketee, who ran into the stiff wind, took two balls to bowl Ben Foakes, who had made a hundred in the Pakistan warm-up but shouldered arms today to another inswinger. Paris and Steketee bowled with impressive stamina, sustaining pace and bounce through seven-over opening spells. By the time their partnership ended, England were 56 for 3 after 14.

There was no let-up in intensity from Australia, though. Gurinder Sandhu, who had taken a five-wicket haul that included a hat-trick in the warm-up against Scotland, bowled faster and with more hostility than his team-mates. He was economical too and had figures of 5-1-9-1 at one stage, having induced an edge from Aneesh Kapil with a short ball.

Soon more England batsmen were walking through the grandstand, not to meet family but to review their performance with the team analyst seated on the terrace: a reminder of how professional the boys have to be. Craig Overton held up one end for a while, hitting the legspinner Shane Cassell for boundaries, but the offspinner Ashton Turner broke England in two balls, dismissing Ben Duckett and Sam Wood in succession.

Sandhu's first spell was long too - it included the crucial wicket of Craig Overton for 35 - and he was quick to the very end, hitting the other Overton twin, Jamie, on the body with an accurate short ball in his eighth over on the trot.

England lasted only 38.3 overs, which meant Australia were chasing before the lunch break. In those 6.5 overs, Reece Topley broke Jimmy Peirson's middle stump, which one of the substitutes took off the ground, presumably to keep as a souvenir. Topley was fast but Jamie Overton was faster, getting balls to bounce as well. One flew over the keeper's head. He and Topley struck again to reduce Australia to 30 for 3 by the time it was time for lunch.

Australia lost another quickly after the break - the promising Kurtis Patterson - but things were about to improve. Bosisto did what was needed, to stay at the wicket, while Head scored quickly to take the pressure off. Head had made 87 off 42 balls against Scotland and today he ensured that Australia did not stagnate in a challenging situation.

Head brought up his half-century off 52 balls and, shortly after measured celebrations, he lofted Craig Overton over the long-on boundary to seal victory with the first six of the match. It was no mean effort. The boundaries at the Tony Ireland Stadium are large.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on August 12, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @Andy500265 - I think the margin of victory was a bit misleading. The Poms had their noses in front when the 2nd & then 4th wicket fell in the Oz innings. There was also a few edges that went over & thru the slip/gully region that could easily have made it game on right up intil about 30 runs to go.

  • on August 12, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    No doubt will give tougher competition to the ozzies!! hope Nepal makes it to the knockout stage!! COME ON NEPAL....

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Even if England loses to australia, everyone knows England are simply superior in general.

  • Munkeymomo on August 12, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Some good players in both sides and I expect England to bounce back. Aus were fantastic though. There's something about staying up late and watching cricket in Australia that I absolutely love. I'll be watching as much of this tournament as possible I think.

  • Hammond on August 12, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @jonesy2- all good hey mate, at least the rug rats are performing!

  • Chris_P on August 11, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @The_bowlers_Holding. That's Sir Les Patterson old boy, our cultiral attache!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 11, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I see Les Patterson is giving a fair and balanced appraisal of the game again :0

  • JG2704 on August 11, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Well played Australia. I thought we had a chance when we took early wickets but that total was never likely to be competitive.

  • on August 11, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Never watched this competition but it was actually nice to see some young guys play. Seems like bowlers develop faster than batsmen. From what I've seen.

  • landl47 on August 11, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    England were always going to struggle once their best two batsmen (Bell-Drummond and Foakes) went early. Australia bowled well and fielded brilliantly. It wasn't all bad for England; the two opening bowlers (Topley and Jamie Overton) had Aus in all kinds of trouble. Topley, bowling at 140kph from over 2 metres tall, is a handful and Jamie Overton hit 150 clicks, as quick as Cummins (but hopefully not as injury prone). However, England's change bowlers were not as good and the Australian middle order pair batted very well. Congratulations to Aus- better luck next time, England. BTW, it was great to be able to see the game on ESPN.

  • Meety on August 12, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @Andy500265 - I think the margin of victory was a bit misleading. The Poms had their noses in front when the 2nd & then 4th wicket fell in the Oz innings. There was also a few edges that went over & thru the slip/gully region that could easily have made it game on right up intil about 30 runs to go.

  • on August 12, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    No doubt will give tougher competition to the ozzies!! hope Nepal makes it to the knockout stage!! COME ON NEPAL....

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 12, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Even if England loses to australia, everyone knows England are simply superior in general.

  • Munkeymomo on August 12, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Some good players in both sides and I expect England to bounce back. Aus were fantastic though. There's something about staying up late and watching cricket in Australia that I absolutely love. I'll be watching as much of this tournament as possible I think.

  • Hammond on August 12, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @jonesy2- all good hey mate, at least the rug rats are performing!

  • Chris_P on August 11, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @The_bowlers_Holding. That's Sir Les Patterson old boy, our cultiral attache!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 11, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I see Les Patterson is giving a fair and balanced appraisal of the game again :0

  • JG2704 on August 11, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Well played Australia. I thought we had a chance when we took early wickets but that total was never likely to be competitive.

  • on August 11, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Never watched this competition but it was actually nice to see some young guys play. Seems like bowlers develop faster than batsmen. From what I've seen.

  • landl47 on August 11, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    England were always going to struggle once their best two batsmen (Bell-Drummond and Foakes) went early. Australia bowled well and fielded brilliantly. It wasn't all bad for England; the two opening bowlers (Topley and Jamie Overton) had Aus in all kinds of trouble. Topley, bowling at 140kph from over 2 metres tall, is a handful and Jamie Overton hit 150 clicks, as quick as Cummins (but hopefully not as injury prone). However, England's change bowlers were not as good and the Australian middle order pair batted very well. Congratulations to Aus- better luck next time, England. BTW, it was great to be able to see the game on ESPN.

  • Andy500265 on August 11, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I think Randy was a bit over-zealous. It's always good to beat the poms, but I wasn't expecting to us win, let alone by this much. It shows that there's some good talent in Australia. Maybe we'll get out of the doldrums sooner than I thought. But full credit to England, they're a good side and I think they were unlucky to lose.

  • Ulcer on August 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Under 19 teams tend to have good bowlers every time or the batsmen may have made them look better, I don't know. Aus bowled well today. Hope Nepal gives a tougher competition in the next match. They have a good record at this level.

  • jonesy2 on August 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    what an absolute belting. well done boys keep the dominance going

  • bumsonseats on August 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    even on under 19 cricket we get your twisted outlook on cricket. you are some strange guy.

  • Meety on August 11, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Good match, when Oz were 2 & 4 down, England were a real chance. England's side has a hell of a lot more FC/List A/T20 experience than Oz - good job!

  • Naresh28 on August 11, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Randyoz and others always mock Indians but does not realise that indian cricketers are in many foreign teams like windies, Nz and Oz itself. Sandhu is of indian origin in Oz team and is a pace bowler.

  • jmcilhinney on August 11, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (August 11 2012, 08:55 AM GMT), quite right. This result totally trumps the 0-4 loss the senior team recently suffered in England.

  • desi-blue on August 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Was quite a good game actually....both teams had their moments...ENG should have persisted with their quicks and should have gone for the jugular...one more wicket and it could have been anybody's game..the double change that the ENG captain made including bringing himself on was what gave AUS the breathing space they needed...he should have carried on with his quicks and tried to get another wicket or two...Head and Bosisto played really well to guide AUS home and looked quite solid at the crease....

  • RandyOZ on August 11, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    What a crushing win. How good do the youngsters look. Unfortunately for England this just goes to show how utterly thin the talent is.

  • maddinson on August 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Watched initial 18 overs of the match. Joel Paris is good prospect, nice action, bowl full length, decent speed. I didn't find Sandhu and other fast bowler of Queensland anything special. Paris was more quicker (early 140s) as compare to Sandhu who was in mid 130s. Good to see Craig McDermott helping these young guys with Greg Chappel.

    Ground was beautiful and commentary team too have Akram, Manjrekar and Ian Chappel so I am looking forward for watching some more matches.

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  • maddinson on August 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Watched initial 18 overs of the match. Joel Paris is good prospect, nice action, bowl full length, decent speed. I didn't find Sandhu and other fast bowler of Queensland anything special. Paris was more quicker (early 140s) as compare to Sandhu who was in mid 130s. Good to see Craig McDermott helping these young guys with Greg Chappel.

    Ground was beautiful and commentary team too have Akram, Manjrekar and Ian Chappel so I am looking forward for watching some more matches.

  • RandyOZ on August 11, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    What a crushing win. How good do the youngsters look. Unfortunately for England this just goes to show how utterly thin the talent is.

  • desi-blue on August 11, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Was quite a good game actually....both teams had their moments...ENG should have persisted with their quicks and should have gone for the jugular...one more wicket and it could have been anybody's game..the double change that the ENG captain made including bringing himself on was what gave AUS the breathing space they needed...he should have carried on with his quicks and tried to get another wicket or two...Head and Bosisto played really well to guide AUS home and looked quite solid at the crease....

  • jmcilhinney on August 11, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (August 11 2012, 08:55 AM GMT), quite right. This result totally trumps the 0-4 loss the senior team recently suffered in England.

  • Naresh28 on August 11, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Randyoz and others always mock Indians but does not realise that indian cricketers are in many foreign teams like windies, Nz and Oz itself. Sandhu is of indian origin in Oz team and is a pace bowler.

  • Meety on August 11, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Good match, when Oz were 2 & 4 down, England were a real chance. England's side has a hell of a lot more FC/List A/T20 experience than Oz - good job!

  • bumsonseats on August 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    even on under 19 cricket we get your twisted outlook on cricket. you are some strange guy.

  • jonesy2 on August 11, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    what an absolute belting. well done boys keep the dominance going

  • Ulcer on August 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Under 19 teams tend to have good bowlers every time or the batsmen may have made them look better, I don't know. Aus bowled well today. Hope Nepal gives a tougher competition in the next match. They have a good record at this level.

  • Andy500265 on August 11, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I think Randy was a bit over-zealous. It's always good to beat the poms, but I wasn't expecting to us win, let alone by this much. It shows that there's some good talent in Australia. Maybe we'll get out of the doldrums sooner than I thought. But full credit to England, they're a good side and I think they were unlucky to lose.