Lloyd Pope eight wickets helped Australia for the win against England

Bessie Dean
January 23, 2018

Indeed, the legendary spinner was full of praise for Pope.

England opener Tom Banton scored more than half the runs that the team managed collectively, but yet, it wasn't enough as Lloyd Pope ran through the line-up returning figures of 8 for 35.

Pope was, unsurprisingly, a fan of Warne's work growing up, though where the Sheik of Tweak learned his craft in the Melbourne suburbs, the 18-year-old first experimented with the turning ball some 3,000kms away in Cairns.

"But comparisons? I don't really think about them too much".

He took three quick wickets to take England to 3/51, giving the Aussies a sniff.

Resembling Warne's match-winning spell against South Africa in the World Cup semi-final in 1999, Pope was called on early to resurrect Australia's hopes. Pope said he looks up to Warne but doesn't want to get mixed up with the comparison.

England were without loss when he came onto bowl, chasing 127, and with no sign apparent of the carnage to follow.

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 nearly certain defeat to put Australia into the semi-final.

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Warne's heroics were played out some five months before Pope was even born, and the teen wasn't able to bring those matches to mind, but there was more than a hint of Warne in his animated, nearly aggressive celebrations as he ran through England, as well as his ability to wrest control of a contest that was fast getting away from his team.

"I always have high expectations of myself, I always try and take wickets".

After opting to bat, Australia would've been disappointed with their effort, with only captain Jason Sangha being the saving grace with a half-century (58) while no other batsman surpassed 16.

Warnie wasn't the only one who was amazed by the spinning phenomenon.

"Yeah, has to be Shane Warne, doesn't it", he said. "I mean to win a quarter-final is awesome", he added.

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With just 61 required to win, and Banton putting Pope's first delivery of the fifth over for a boundary, it appeared Australia's challenge was up.

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