The 7th warm-up match of the ICC Under-19s World Cup 2020 will be played between Japan Under-19s and Scotland Under-19s at the Rice Field, St. John’s College in Johannesburg.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT)
Japan Under-19s will gear up for their first-ever U19 World Cup by facing Scotland in the warm-up match on Monday. Their entry into this tournament was dramatic one after they were declared winners of the ICC East-Asia Pacific Qualifiers. The final match to be played between Japan and PNG didn’t take place as PNG forfeit the match as 11 players were suspended by the board for violating the code of conduct. On the other hand, Scotland returns to the U19 CWC after missing out on qualification for 2018.
The St. John’s College in Johannesburg is likely to be shortened one due to the rain forecast on Monday.
The St. John’s College ground will host a cricket match for the first time in six years on Monday. Even the last tournament it hosted was a U13 level competition. The quality of play in Japan and Scotland is likely to dominate the nature of the pitch.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
(Will be added when there is an update)
Squads for the U19 CWC:
Marcus Thurgate (C), Max Clements, Tushar Chaturvedi, Neel Date (vc), Kento Ota-Dobell, Ishaan Fartyal, Sora Ichiki, Leon Mehlig, Masato Morita, Shu Noguchi, Yugandhar Retharekar, Debashish Sahoo, Reiji Suto, Kazumasa Takahashi, Ashley Thurgate.
Angus Guy, Tom Mackintosh, Ben Davidson, Callum Grant, Charlie Pee, Daniel Cairns, Durness Mackay-Champion, Euan McBeth, Jamie Cairns, Jasper Davidson, Kess Sajjad, Liam Naylor, Rory Hanley, Sean Fischer-Keogh, Uzzair Shah.
Tom Mackintosh scored 331 runs across five innings for Scotland Under-19s with help of a century and two fifties. Yugandhar Retharekar picked up 8 wickets for the Japan U19s across three matches that include a 5-wicket haul. Kazumasa Takahashi aggregated 90 runs for Japan U19s in three matches with help of a fifty and also bagged six wickets including a 4-wicket haul. Jasper Davidson has scored 217 runs in five matches for the Scotland U19s with two fifties and picked up seven wickets as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Kazumasa Takahashi, Jasper Davidson, Tom Mackintosh
Vice-Captain – Yugandhar Retharekar, Jamie Cairns, Marcus Thurgate
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Mackintosh, Marcus Thurgate (VC)
Batters – Angus Guy, Durness Mackay-Champion, Reiji Suto
All-Rounders – Kazumasa Takahashi, Jasper Davidson (C)
Bowlers – Jamie Cairns, Charlie Peet, Kento Ota-Dobell, Yugandhar Retharekar
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Mackintosh (VC), Marcus Thurgate
Batters – Angus Guy, Daniel Cairns, Reiji Suto
All-Rounders – Kazumasa Takahashi (C), Neel Date, Jasper Davidson
Bowlers – Jamie Cairns, Charlie Peet, Kento Ota-Dobell
Both Japan U19s and Scotland U19s are not mainstream teams to feature in the ICC events, especially in the U19 CWC. Japan has not been part of the U19 World Cup till date while Scotland has always been dominated by the better sides whenever they played. Hence, we can consider both to be on the same level and pick at least five players from each team.
Scotland Under-19s might have an edge in this match due to better exposure at this level.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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