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ESPNcricinfo's George Binoy picks his team of the Under-19 World Cup
August 27, 2012
Series/Tournaments: ICC Under-19 World Cup
The Under-19 World Cup is a vast competition and it hasn't been possible to watch all 16 teams play, so some notable performers may have missed selection. The players comprising the team of the tournament have been selected from those sides that made it to the quarter-finals, with one exception.
1. Unmukt Chand (India) (246 runs @ 49.20)
After one half-century and a couple of starts on difficult pitches, Unmukt's performances had been average during India's progress to the final. However, on the grandest stage an Under-19 player can have, he delivered a breath-taking innings, his century helping India pull off the highest successful chase at Tony Ireland Stadium to become World Champions.
2. Babar Azam (Pakistan) (287 runs @ 57.40)
Began the tournament with 75 against Afghanistan and a century against Scotland to help his team top their group. Made the curious decision of batting first on a tricky pitch in the quarter-final but was good enough to score a half-century against India as his team-mates collapsed around him. Was Pakistan's top-scorer in a play-off semi-final against West Indies as well.
3. Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa) (284 runs @ 47.33, 18 dismissals)
Blitzed 95 and a century against Namibia and Bangladesh to finish top of the run-charts in the group stages, but had consecutive failures in the quarter and semi-finals. Finished the World Cup with a half-century against New Zealand as South Africa won the third-place play-off. Made the best XI because, with 18 dismissals, de Kock was the best wicketkeeper-batsman on show in Queensland.
4. Anamul Haque (Bangladesh) (365 runs @ 60.83)
The highest run-scorer in the World Cup, Anamul began with a hundred that would relegate Sri Lanka to the plate competition and ended with another hundred, against Pakistan, which helped Bangladesh finish seventh out of 16 teams. He scored a half-century against England's potent attack as well, and had starts in two other innings. Wasn't tested on the tough pitches at Tony Ireland Stadium, but received praise from his former coach Stuart Law.
5. William Bosisto (capt) (Australia) (276 runs @ 276)
Player of the Tournament. Unbeaten in five out of six innings, his only dismissal was a run-out against South Africa. Made important contributions in chases against England, Ireland, Bangladesh and South Africa, often shoring up a top-order wobble. Saved his best for the final, his 87 taking Australia to a competitive total. Had the coolest head in the competition. Bosisto's only slip-up was dropping Unmukt in the last ten overs of a tense chase in the final.
6. Kyle Mayers (West Indies) (116 runs @ 29, 12 wickets @ 11.83)
One of three players to have scored over 100 runs and taken more than ten wickets in the tournament, Mayers batted at No. 6 and bowled second change for West Indies. He was their highest wicket-taker and conceded fewer than four runs an over, hitting the bats hard with his pace and bounce. As a batsman, he had the ability to play in several gears, showing patience against India and attacking against Zimbabwe.
7. Ashton Turner (Australia) (97 runs @ 48.50, 11 wickets @ 16.18)
Finished as Australia's leading wicket-taker by bowling an attacking brand of offspin. Turner got the ball to bounce and spin from an aggressive line just outside off stump. A useful batsman at No. 7 as well, contributing valuable runs in the quarter-final against Bangladesh and in the final against India.
8. George Dockrell (Ireland) (10 wickets @ 12.30)
The left-arm spinner who could not be attacked is the only player from the plate competition in the XI. Dockrell's tournament figures were 60-22-122-10. He had astonishingly economical figures against strong opposition as well - 0 for 22 and 1 for 10 in full spells against England and Australia. Against Namibia, he had 10-5-8-1. His economy-rate of 2.05 made him impossible to not pick.
9. Ronsford Beaton (West Indies) (8 wickets @ 20.12)
His stats may not be the best but Beaton was a tough quick to face. He hit speeds of 145 kph and was a constant threat with his lines and length. Began with a match-winning 3 for 33 against India and also took 3 for 47 in the quarter-final against New Zealand. In that match, Beaton conceded only four in the penultimate over of the chase, leaving Justin Greaves 18 to defend in the 50th, which he failed to do.
10. Sandeep Sharma (India) (12 wickets @ 15.75)
Had supreme command over the new ball and could swing it prodigiously in both directions with exceptional control. His inswingers with a right-hander's nightmare and, for the left-hand batsmen, the same deliveries were un-leaveable. They would begin around leg and finish just outside off. Could be relied on to provide an early breakthrough nearly as regularly as the sun rises.
11. Reece Topley (England) (19 wickets @ 9.10)
The most complete bowler at the World Cup. Tall, fast and skilled, Topley was dangerous with both new and old ball. His attacking lengths - good length and straight - made it difficult to score off him and he had an economy-rate of 3.17. Finished as the top wicket-taker and provided one of the most memorable moments of the tournament with his second ball - breaking Jimmy Peirson's middle stump in half.
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