England Under-19 skipper Tom Prest is tapping into the knowledge of the past and present cricket stalwarts of his country as he looks to guide the team to its maiden ICC U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final since 1998.England go into the Super League semi final against Afghanistan later on Tuesday having won all four of their games so far, sweeping past South Africa by six wickets in the quarterfinal having topped Group A.
England’s progress has been followed by the senior side, which has just finished a five-match T20 series in Bridgetown, while former cricketer Graeme Swann has also been offering his advice as the current crop looks to emulate the achievements of a squad the 42-year old spinner was part of 24 years ago. “Before the quarterfinal, we had a few messages from the guys out here (England T20 team),” Press Was quoted as saying by the ICC. “Knowing they are taking an interest and following what we’re doing gives us that extra confidence. It would be an unbelievable honour to captain a side in a World Cup final. Graeme Swann (working as part of the media covering the tournament) was playing in the team that won it in 1998, so he’s chatted to us a couple of times about what it takes to get through tournament cricket. This has been a good experience and a semifinal is a great achievement. Now we are focusing on playing good cricket.”