A teenage Australian spinner is being hailed as 'the next Warnie' after taking 8/35 in the U19 World Cup

Shane Warne back when… Photo: Getty Images.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Here’s Pope last month after making the side for the U19 CWC.

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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