Australian cricket’s trophy cabinet is running out of room after our under-19 men added the World Cup in a dominant win against India on Sunday night.
The next generation of Aussie stars broke a billion hearts by ending the Indians unbeaten campaign with a 79-run win in South Africa – much like Pat Cummins’ men did on the subcontinent last year.
Mahli Beardman was named man of the match after taking 3/15 from seven overs including the key wicket of Indian opener Adarsh Singh.
All five Aussie bowlers took a wicket as they bowled India out for 174 in 43.5 overs.
It came after a team effort with the bat. Harry Dixon (42), captain Hugh Weibgen (48), Harjas Singh (55) and Oliver Peake (46 not out) all made key contributions in Australia’s score of 7/253.
It’s the first time Australia has won the under-19 world cup since Mitch Marsh led us to the trophy in 2010.
Australia has now beaten India in three ICC finals back-to-back.
“With a pace attack like ours there’s a fair bit of confidence when we get 250 on the board,” Weibgen said post-match.
“That was our plan [at the toss] to get a few runs and back ourselves to defend it. As a unit, they worked so good together. They know their roles and are happy to bowl either ends. They are all for the team. I would be surprised if all of them don’t go a very long way in their careers.”