England have begun their preparations for the ICC U19 CWC in Australia in scintillating style with a superb five-wicket victory over Pakistan in their practice match on Tuesday at the Redlands Fred Kratzman Oval in Redland City.
Set a daunting 282 for victory after a Saad Ali (100) century powered Pakistan to 281 for six, the English made light work of the imposing total, reaching 283 for five with six overs to spare.
Ben Foakes spearheaded the impressive run chase, hitting 133 of 119 balls including 14 boundaries and five sixes while opener Daniel Bell-Drummond hit 91 off 78.
Jamie Overton also starred with the ball for England, taking 3-22 off seven overs.
South Africa also made a big statement in the lead-up to the tournament, crushing New Zealand by six wickets at the University of Queensland's WEP Harris Oval.
New Zealand were restricted to 184 for eight from its 50 overs thanks to South African multiple wicket-takers Vincent Moore (2-19 off six), Prenelan Subrayen (2-20 off eight) and Corne Dry (2-36 off nine).
South Africa reached the target with more than 20 overs to spare as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who hit 80 off 65, guided them to 185 for four.
At Kev Hackney Oval on the Sunshine Coast, the West Indies accounted for hosts Australia by 13 runs.
The Windies batted first and, thanks to a superb 96 from captain Kraigg Brathwaite, reached 235 for fix from their allotted 50 overs.
Aussie bowler Ashton Turner was the only wicket-taker, taking a brilliant 5-47 from his 10 overs.
In reply, Australia could only manage 222 for nine.
Turner backed up his super bowling performance with a magnificent batting effort that saw him hit 80 off 90 coming in at No.9 to give his country a chance of an unlikely win after they slumped to 126 for seven.
India finetuned their assault on the tournament as well with a 33-run win against sub-continent rivals Sri Lanka at Wynnum-Manly DCC Bill Albury Oval.
India batted first but were restricted to just 9-181 from their 50 overs with Hanuma Vihari (64 off 83) top-scoring.
However, Kamal Passi (3-34 off eight) led the Indian attack brilliantly as the Sri Lankans could only muster 158 from 45.5 overs.
In other warm-up matches, Afghanistan thumped Ireland by 101 runs, Zimbabwe hammered Namibia by seven wickets, Bangladesh smacked Scotland by seven wickets and Papua New Guinea thrashed Nepal by eight wickets.