There were shades of Shane Warne’s match-winning heroics in the 1999 World Cup elimination round in Lloyd Pope’s execution at the under-19 World Cup on Tuesday.
Just he took twice the same number of wickets.
Brought into the assault with England at 0/29 after Australia had been moved for 127 in its quarter-last, Pope took 8/35 to secure a 31-run win and show enough to recommend he may be the response to the look for our next incredible legspinner.
“You generally need to have a conviction to win,” Pope said. “All the young men have worked so hard and we never surrendered and that demonstrates the genuine soul . . . The pitch was turning a bit so it bailed me out.”
Much the same as Warne when he took 4/29 against South Africa at Edgbaston, the 18-year-old was persuasive as he handed the match with two wickets over consecutive conveyances in the eighth over.
He had Liam Banks baffled before knocking down some pins Harry Brook for a brilliant duck with a consummately pitched wrong-un to leave England 2/47.
Pope included a third scalp, England No 4 Will Jacks for one, in his third finished to make it 3/51 and give Australia some expectation of a supernatural occurrence.
Noteworthy English opener Tom Banton seized back some control of the match with a six off Pope to raise his fifty as England moved past the midway check in its pursuit at 3/67 from 13 overs.
Yet, Pope continued coming. He replied by taking his fourth wicket and the key scalp in Banton (58) as the English opener hit an invert clear straight to Sangha at ravine.
The leggie made it five two overs later, expelling Fin Trenouth for five to leave England requiring 49 keeps running with five wickets close by as the players broke for lunch.
Britain hoped to see Pope off when play continued. A wide conveyance was the main keep running from his 6th and seventh overs and the English nerves were well and genuinely setting in when offspinner Param Uppal joined the gathering by expelling Euan Woods for eight.
Nerves ended up plainly unadulterated frenzy as Tom Scriven was headed out to leave England 7/82. Pope took his count to six in the accompanying over to make it 8/84.
Britain was 8/96 as Pope started his tenth and last finished yet he just need four conveyances. Ethan Bamber was caught LBW for two and No 11 Dillon Pennington was rocked the bowling alley for a duck as the Poms were hard and fast.
Pope’s figures were the best at any point recorded at an under-19 World Cup.
Prior, chief Jason Sangha (58) was the main batsman to make a check as Australia was thumped over inside 34 overs.
Whatever is left of the batting lineup was roadkill as English bowlers Ethan Bamber, Dillon Pennington and Will Jacks took three wickets each.
In answer, England dashed to 0/47 from seven overs as Banton fancied Aussie quicks Ryan Hadley (0/24 from four overs) and Zak Evans (0/17 from two overs). After three shoddy thumps in the gathering stage, Banton hit two sixes off one Evans over as he surged towards 50 years.
Australian under-19 mentor Ryan Harris settled on an intense choice to drop Steve Waugh’s child, Austin, for the knockout diversion.
Austin Waugh had persevered through an ease back begin to the competition in New Zealand, making thumps of six and 26 and taking 1/64 in his exclusive innings with the ball as the Aussies’ neglected to awe amid the gathering stage.
They were easily beaten by India in their opening diversion before pounding minnows Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea. Britain went undefeated against Bangladesh, Canada and Namibia.
Be that as it may, Waugh couldn’t much see himself as the most unfortunate to miss choice against the Poms. Quick bowler Jason Ralston was ignored regardless of taking 7/15 against PNG. Jarrod Freeman, who made 11 and took 0/11 from nine overs in Australia’s last pool diversion, was the other player to clear a path.