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The Spin | ‘We piled on Allan Border in a pub’: England U19s’ class of 98 relive victory

Rob Key, Graeme Swann and Paul Franks were among England’s unlikely World Cup winners. They recall a memorable tour

Away from the senior team’s ongoing Test tour of South Africa, but not too far away, the latest batch of starry-eyed English teenagers are preparing for the ICC Under-19 World Cup and their opening fixture against West Indies in Kimberley on Monday.

Lancashire’s George Balderson leads a squad that includes seven players with county experience. The Spin is keen to see more of Joey Evison of Nottinghamshire, a seam-bowling all-rounder, and Jack Haynes, an elegant right-hander from Worcestershire. But between 17 January and 9 February there will be plenty who catch the eye. The 16-team tournament – the 13th edition and a first for Japan and Nigeria – is being hosted by South Africa for only the second time, having previously done so in 1998 when unfancied England lifted the trophy under the captain Owais Shah and head coach John Abrahams.

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