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Tom Prest and Yash Dhull (Photo/ ICC)
Tom Prest and Yash Dhull (Photo/ ICC)

U19 WC: Received messages from senior team, they are impressed with us, says England captain Prest

ANI | Updated: Feb 05, 2022 07:41 IST

St John's [Antigua], February 5 (ANI): England and India enter the final of the ICC Under 19 Men's Cricket World Cup both unbeaten and knowing that the only way to come out on top will be to keep playing attacking cricket.
For India, a record fifth title is the objective in their fourth successive final, while England have enjoyed their best ICC U19 Men's CWC in 24 years since their one victory.
Skipper Tom Prest is only too aware of that history and how much his side have already achieved, and with the likes of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan having been in touch to offer their support, he is hoping to imitate the squad of 1998.
"It's the first time in 24 years that England have been in this final. I don't know if we can believe it at the moment, we're going to be playing in a World Cup final. It's something you dream of growing up, so we're all really excited and can't wait to play," said Prest on the eve of the game, as reported by ICC's official website.
"This morning we had messages from quite a few of the England senior team, saying that they had been following it and been really impressed with us. So it's nice to know we have so much support from back home. They were saying that how impressed they have been with us and proud of what we have done getting to our first Under-19 Men's Final in 24 years. It's amazing to know they have been watching and following," he added.
England should be familiar with the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, having seen off both South Africa and Afghanistan there in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.
"We've tried to play that attacking brand of cricket that Eoin Morgan instilled in his squad. Whether that is with the bat, ball or field, we always try to take the positive option. That was one of the messages they were saying in their video they sent this morning - to not back down from the big occasion in the final and still play with that positive intent," said Prest.
For India, meanwhile, it will be a new venue after their impressive wins over defending champions Bangladesh in the quarters and then Australia last time out.
Graeme Le Brooy will be the Match Referee for the final and the match officials standing in the game will be Roland Black of Ireland and Asif Yaqoob from Pakistan. Pakistan's Rashid Riaz will be serving as the TV umpire and Jacqueline Williams from the West Indies will be the fourth umpire. (ANI)