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England Men's U19 start Super Six with loss against Australia

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England Men's U19 start Super Six with loss against Australia

England Men's U19 lost to Australia Men's U19 by 110 runs (DLS)

England started the Super Six phase of the Under 19s World Cup with a loss to Australia in Kimberley on Wednesday.

England won the toss and chose to bowl first. Sebastian Morgan took a wicket in the first over to get England off to a great start, before Harry Dixon put on a half century to settle the ship for Australia. Captain Hugh Weibgen then scored a century to get them to 266-6 from their 50 overs. Theo Wylie finished with England's best figures of 4-42 from his 10 overs.

In reply England lost early wickets as Australian bowler Callum Vidler took 4-29. The heavens opened and reduced England's innings to 24 overs and a new target of 215 (DLS). Some more strong bowling from Australia saw England all out for 104, thanks to 3-16 from Rafael Macmillan.

England's top wicket taker Wylie reflected on his performance: "It was a good performance for me personally, to take four wickets on my World Cup debut, but obviously we are disappointed to lose. It was a turning deck, so it suited my left-arm off-spin and I was just looking to keep it consistent on the stumps.

Asked about his move from bowling pace and batting down the order, to opening and bowling spin Wylie replied: "It has been a pretty surreal experience making that change. I was getting a lot of niggles bowling pace and one day the coach said have a go at spin. It came out quite nicely when I gave it a go, so I thought I'm going to stick with it and I haven't really looked back since then.

On the match and looking ahead to the rest of the tournament, England captain Ben McKinney said: "Australia obviously played really well. When they were batting they hit the ball really hard to the sweepers for the singles and they were deserved victors. We are going to try and finish off the Super Six with a win against Zimbabwe on Saturday and hopefully we get lucky with other results, so we can get through to the semi finals."

England Men U19 World Cup Fixtures

Saturday 20 January: England Men U19 beat Scotland U19 by 7 wickets

Tuesday 23 January: England Men U19 beat South Africa U19 by 36 runs (DLS)

Friday 26 January: England Men U19 lost to West Indies U19 by 2 wickets

Wednesday 31 January: England Men U19 lost to Australia U19 by 110 runs (DLS)

Saturday 3 February: England Men U19 v Zimbabwe U19, 8am

Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 February: ICC Men's U19 World Cup Semi-Finals, 8am

Sunday 11 February: ICC Men's U19 World Cup Final, 8am



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Chris Kerr

Chris Kerr

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