London: Durham batsman Nicky Peng will captain England at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next year.
|Peng and his 13 teammates will spend time acclimatising in Adelaide later this month before going to New Zealand ahead of the tournament proper, which begins on January 19 with the final scheduled for February 9. Peng is currently in Adelaide as part of the new England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national academy squad's four-month stay at the Australian Cricket Academy. Other players with first-class county experience in England's squad are Worcestershire seamer Kadeer Ali and Lancashire batsman Kyle Hogg. Also included is Nicholas Compton, grandson of England great Denis, who like his illustrious relative is a Middlesex batsman. The ICC Under-19 World Cup is contested every two years and was last won by India in January 2000 when the tournament was played in Colombo. England won the competition in 1998 in South Africa with a squad featuring four players who have subsequently represented England at senior level - Owais Shah, Paul Franks, Chris Schofield and Graeme Swann. England: Kadeer Ali, Tim Bresnan, Nicholas Compton, Christopher Gilbert, Kyle Hogg, Nadeem Malik, Paul McMahon, Gordon Muchall, Samit Patel, Nicky Peng, Stephen Pope, Mark Pettini, Alex Roberts and Bilal Shafayat. |