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Ball looking forward to South Africa challenge

England captain Adam Ball said his side are excited ahead of Sunday's quarter-final against South Africa at the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

Ball looking forward to South Africa challenge - Cricket News
England captain Adam Ball said his side are excited ahead of Sunday's quarter-final against South Africa at the ICC Under-19 World Cup.
 
 
The mouth-watering contest at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville will pit Ball's men – who were defeated by Australia but notched wins over Ireland and Nepal in the group stages – against an unbeaten South African side.
 
"We can't wait," Ball said.
 
"It's a great opportunity to play the South Africans who have done pretty well in the tournament so far. They have been unbeaten so it will be great for us to break that record and get one over them."
 
Stopping Quinton de Kock will be vital for England if they are to qualify for the semi-finals, where they would meet the winner of the match between Australia and Bangladesh.
 
The left-handed opener has scored 226 runs in three matches for the Proteas, making him the leading run-scorer at the tournament.
 
And Ball is hoping his side's previous knowledge of de Kock will be in their favour when the two sides collide.
 
"We played South Africa last year in a seven match one-day international series," he said.
 
"We have seen quite a few of their players in that. When we played against them, Quinton de Kock had a very successful tour. We felt that if we could get him out early and expose that middle order, we were right in there.
 
"That will probably be one of our main goals this time around."
 
Ball believes England's easy wins over Ireland and Nepal sent out a message to their rivals.
 
He is also delighted with the form of left-arm quick Reece Topley, who has taken eight wickets in three matches at the tournament.
 
"I'm happy (with my bowling)," Topley said.
 
"I have been taking wickets up front in my first spell and also when I've come back towards the end. I'm also pleased with (the fact) I've kept it quite tight with the runs."
 
Topley – who has bowled 26 overs in the tournament at an economy rate of 2.19 – knows how important de Kock's dismissal will be and wants to be the man to get him.
 
"We know how he plays," he said.
 
"There won't be any surprises there. I think we've got good plans and we'll attack him."
 

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