U-19 World Cup: Quarter-finals' preview

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Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012, 0:46 [IST]
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Townsville (Australia), Aug 19: England and South Africa will battle it out at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville for a place in the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, defending champions Australia will take on Bangladesh at Endeavour Park 2. The winners of the Australia-Bangladesh match will lock horns with the winners of England-South Africa match in the first semi-final to be played on Tuesday at Tony Ireland Stadium.

U-19 World Cup: Quarter-finals' preview

South Africa, which was unbeaten in Group D, holds an edge over England which finished second behind Australia in Group A.

South Africa has won both its previous meetings against England in ICC U19 Cricket World Cups. Overall South Africa has won 12 of its 20 matches against England, losing just six matches with two producing no-results.

England captain Adam Ball, looking ahead to the match, said: "We can't wait to play against South Africa. They have done pretty well in the tournament so far and have been unbeaten. So, it will be good for us to break that record.

"We would have liked to start off with a win against Australia but it was good to bounce back and have two convincing wins against Nepal and Ireland. Although they are associate nations and we were expected to win, it was good to beat them quite convincingly and put a message out to the rest of the teams at the tournament."

South Africa captain Bowes said: "We wanted to get some good wins in the preliminary rounds and carry the momentum forward. We came to play good cricket and have done that so far.

"The conditions have suited us so far. It is similar to what we get at home. The bowlers have enjoyed the bounce and the batsmen are comfortable with the pace and carry off the wickets. We have tried to be as clinical as we can be with our performances but know that we've only done part of the job so far."

Unbeaten Australia will start off as firm favourites against Bangladesh whose only group loss was against South Africa. Bangladesh defeated Australia by eight runs in the only match between the two sides at this level in the Plate Championship final of the 2004 event in Dhaka.

Australia captain Will Bosisto, previewing the match, said: "So far we have progressed as expected. We wanted to win our three pool games and get as many guys in form as possible, and I think so far we have done that and are happy with where we are.

"We haven't played against Bangladesh before but we know they will have a couple of good spinners. We have heard that they have a couple of good quick bowlers and have strong batters at the top as well."

Bangladesh captain Amanul said: "We have played some good cricket since we have been in Australia but now we have the chance to show what we can do when things get more challenging. Our fast bowlers like the conditions, as do our spinners, and the batsmen now have the confidence."

"It is a big game against Australia but we are ready to do our best for Bangladesh and all our fans."

Super League Quarter-finals on Sunday

*Sun 19 August - England vs South Africa, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville

Sun 19 August - Australia vs Bangladesh, Endeavour Park 2, Townsville

*Indicates broadcast matches

Plate Championship Quarter-finals on Sunday

Sun 19 August - Afghanistan vs Papua New Guinea, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

Sun 19 August - Zimbabwe v Scotland, Peter Burge Oval, Brisbane


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