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Bexley cricketer named England U19 skipper
ADAM Ball, Kent’s young all-rounder from Bexley, has been picked to captain England in the U19 World Cup in Australia next month.
Blackheath batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond, who was born in Lewisham, has also made the 15-man squad after impressing in the Kent second team.
Former Beths Grammar student Ball, 19, said: “It is a massive honour to play for your country.
“To be selected as captain again just shows the ECB obviously does see something in me which is impressive.
“It is a massive challenge being captain, I have enjoyed it so far and done pretty well.
“I hope we can take it a bit further this time and get some silverware.”
The youngster said his experience playing in Kent’s CB40 and T20 sides – he was the leading wicket taker for the county in the latter - has been great preparation for the tournament, which begins for England against the hosts on August 11.
Ball was also full of praise for his 18-year-old team-mate Bell –Drummond, who has played four first-class games for Kent and is regarded as a precious talent for the future.
He said: “Daniel is a very talented player and he has been quite unfortunate not to get a go in the first team.
“But he has put in some good performances in the second team and put himself in the spotlight.
“He has done very well for England U19s and hopefully he can carry that on.”
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