Brook eyes tournament triumph

08 January 2018 21:31:43 GMTPlus10

Ashes rivals England and Australia are among the favourites to win the Under-19 World Cup that begins this week.

England are led by Harry Brook at the four-week long competition in New Zealand. The teenager has already featured for Yorkshire's first team and is hoping to lead from the front and emulate the achievement of the England side that triumphed at the event 20 years ago.

"The team travelled well and have had a good couple of days training," Brook said. "We're confident for the group stage. We're here to win the tournament."

Australia Under-19 captain Jason Sangha featured for a Cricket Australia XI against England on the current Ashes tour.

And of his country's challenge to steal the crown currently held by West Indies, he said: "It's been good to be in the nets, but we're ready now to play some time in the middle.

"I reckon that's the best part of playing this World Cup, there's that bit of uncertainty where we don't really know what to expect.

"We know New Zealand's quite cold, the wickets might seam a bit more, but I think we have the batting line-up and the bowling attack to go all the way."

Meanwhile, Australia are 11/4 to win the Twenty20 World Cup in 2020 and New Zealand can be backed at 6/1.

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