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HASITHA BOYAGODA
CWC-U19

Near misses for Team of the Tournament

ICC U19 CWC

These players performed brilliantly at the 2018 ICC Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand and narrowly missed out on selection for the Team of the Tournament.

HASITHA BOYAGODA, Sri Lanka
Right-handed batsman
307 runs at 76.75, two centuries 

Boyagoda had a fantastic tournament in New Zealand. The 19-year-old right-hander struck two centuries and finished with 307 runs from his four innings. 

Despite playing two innings fewer than most batsmen, his attacking style saw him strike 48 fours altogether to claim the accolade of the most boundaries by any player at the 2018 U19 CWC, ahead of New Zealand's Finn Allen (46) and India's Shubman Gill (42).

The highlight of Boyaoda's competition undoubtedly came against Kenya on 23 January, when he smashed 191 to claim a prize statistic. His 152-ball innings is the highest individual score in U19 CWC history, beating New Zealand's Jakob Bhula, who hit 180 against the same opposition just six days beforehand.

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Match Highlights: Sri Lanka thrash Kenya by 311 runs in the U19CWC Plate quarter-finals

HARRY BROOK, England
Right-handed batsman
239 runs at 119.50, one century, two fifties
2 wickets at 43

Harry Brook was having an excellent tournament up until he was dropped for England's final match against New Zealand. Although the England captain ended the tournament on a sour note after he broke team rules, Brook can still reflect on a successful competition.

He ended the competition with 239 runs at a strike-rate of 115.45 and an average of 119.50, having been dismissed just twice in his five innings, posting scores of 59*, 102*, 12*, 0 and 66.

The 18-year-old, who has already played five first-class matches for Yorkshire, looks a real prospect, with his unbeaten century against Bangladesh full of wonderful timing, intelligent placement and aggression.

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Harry Brook's 102* off 84 against Bangladesh

AFIF HOSSAIN, Bangladesh
All-rounder
276 runs at 46, four fifties
8 wickets at 25

Hossain was a picture of consistency for Bangladesh throughout the tournament. The 18-year-old left-handed batsman passed fifty in four of his six innings with the bat, with India and Namibia the only sides to dismiss before he reached the landmark. 

His off-spin was also useful for the Tigers, taking eight wickets in the tournament to finish as his side's second-highest wicket-taker. His 5/43 against Canada in the opening fixture was the undoubted highlight. 

Having come through Bangladesh's biggest sports institute, BKSP, which also boasts Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim as alumni, Hossain is on the right path.

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Afif Hossain's 3/18 against England at U19CWC

AKASH GILL, Canada
All-rounder
254 runs at 42.33, one century, two fifties
12 wicket at 21.58

Gill was absolutely outstanding for Canada, who finished 12th overall. Despite some difficult games for his side, Gill shone with both bat and ball.

Picking a particular highlight is difficult considering the 18-year-old finished the competition as the 11th highest run-scorer and joint fifth highest wicket-taker. With the bat he scored 120 from 115 balls against Papua New Guinea, striking 12 fours and two sixes. With the ball he took two four-wicket hauls, against Namibia and West Indies, with his canny medium-pace; and took at least one wicket in every game.

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Akash Gill bowls out PNG's Heagi Toua for 9

WESLEY MADHEVERE, Zimbabwe
All-rounder
234 runs at 46.80, two fifties
10 wickets at 12.80

Madhevere won three Player of the Match awards at the U19 World Cup - the same number as Player of the Tournament Shubman Gill - so was not far from making the Team of the Tournament. 

While he didn't post a century across his six innings, he made a high-score of 93 in his final game against Canada to finish the tournament on a high. The 17-year-old was very effective with the ball, taking four more wickets than any of his Zimbabwe team-mates, with his 3/19 versus Papua New Guinea and 4/24 against Canada the stand-outs for his off-spin. 

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Match Highlights: Zimbabwe too strong for PNG in Christchurch

JACK EDWARDS, Australia
Right-handed batsman
216 runs at 43.20, two fifties
5 wickets at 19.20

Australia's opening batsman had a strong tournament, frequently getting his side off to a solid start with the bat, while also chipping in with the ball too.

His stand-out performance came in the first match against India when he took 4/65 before scoring 73 with the bat. Edwards' right-arm seam bowling dismissed Man of the Tournament Shubman Gill, while also denting India's middle-order. His innings with the bat, meanwhile, was his side's top-score by some way against the might of India's pace attack.

Edwards also showed he is a player for the clutch moments. Against Afghanistan in the semi-final, he stood up with a vital score of 72 from 65 balls at the top of the innings, helping his side chase 181 to win and make the final.

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AUSvAFG semi-final Player of the Match: Jack Edwards

 

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