Lloyd Pope, a red-headed 18-year-old leg spinner from Adelaide, has destroyed England quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, breaking records and snatching victory from almost certain defeat to put Australia into the semi-final.
Pope’s wrong ‘un – and the magnetic hands of captain Jason Sangha in the slips, who took three screamers after contributing 58 to his side’s meagre 127 runs – devastated the English side who were all out for 96.
— ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2018
Pope convinced Sangha to give him the ball and England were cruising to the win at 0-47, with the spinner conceding six runs before when he finally struck in the eighth over with a stumping by keeper Baxter Holt.
Then English captain Harry Brook, until that moment undefeated during the entire series, went first ball, as Pope’s wrong ‘un slid between bat and pad to rattle the stumps. Before the 24 over was complete, England were all out, and Pope had taken away team-mate Jason Ralston’s U19 World Cup bowling 7/15, set just a week earlier, with 8/35 off 9.4 overs.
— Ethan (@ethan_meldrum) January 23, 2018
Lloyd Pope's record-breaking #U19CWC spell ????
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 23, 2018
His achievement was being compared to Shane Warne’s match-turning 4/29 against South Africa in the 1999 World Cup semi-final.
Indeed, the legendary spinner was full of praise for Pope.
This is terrific & brings a huge smile to my face. I had the pleasure of meeting this impressive young man in Adelaide a while ago ! Was nice to have a bowl with him too – Lloyd give it a rip – well done & congrats ! Spin to win my friend https://t.co/K4Ue2jaUfw
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 23, 2018
And while the Australian side, which has yet to beat England in the current ODI series on Australian soil, could only envy Pope’s achievement, one cricketer, set to return to the team for the T20 series, was also impressed.
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 23, 2018
Here’s Pope last month after making the side for the U19 CWC.
— Cricket Aus Pathway (@CAPathway) December 11, 2017
And click through here to see his eight wicket haul.
Australia will now play either New Zealand or Afghanistan in the semi-final.
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