Winning Australian Under 19 captain Hugh Weibgen is confident his brilliant bowling attack will “go a long way” after easily defending a record final to take down India and snare a fourth World Cup.
Unbeaten all-tournament, the Aussie “cartel” of fast bowlers demolished India, rolling them for just 175 in pursuit of Australia’s massive total of 7-253.
It was the biggest score ever in a Under World Cup final, final and came despite boom opening batter Harry Konstas going out for a duck.
The triumph win was the first at an Under 19 World Cup since 2010, a side which included current Aussie starts Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood.
“It’s unbelievable. I am so proud of this group of boys and the coaches,” Weibgen said after the victory.
“A lot of work has gone in over the last few months. Fair bit of confidence that if we got 250 on the board we’d defend it.
“The fast bowlers, as a unit they work so well together. They know their roles, they know their jobs. I’ll be very surprised if the four of them don’t go a long way.”
Tearaway Queensland fats bowler Callum VIdely, who took 18 wickets for the tournament and 2-35 in the final, called the experience “crazy”.
“It’s crazy and a memory I’ll definitely remember for the rest of my life. Once in a lifetime opportunity. And to do it with Mahli, Tom and Charlie, there’s no better feeling.“
Tom Straker, who set a new benchmark with six wickets in the semi-final, sealed the win with his 13th wicket of the tournament after spinner Raf MacMillan and Mahli Beardman both took three wickets to put their team on the path to victory at Willowmoore Park in South Africa.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the final and to be bringing home the World Cup,” Weibgen said,
“We knew this was going to be a tough tournament given the standard of some of the teams and to go through undefeated says a lot about the talent we have in our squad and the excellence of our planning and preparation.
“It was great that everyone across the squad made a contribution to the victory including all the coaches and support staff and everyone involved can be really proud of what we have achieved.”
Australian side have emulated the men’s team by beating India to become champions of the world.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on a humid, Weibgen himself (48 off 66 balls) and aggressive left-handed opener Harry Dixon (42 off 56) provided a fine launch pad.
Then Harjas Singh, who’d scored just 49 runs in six inning, hammered a half-century including with three sixes.
“Form is temporary, class is permanent. Full credit to the coaches for keeping faith in him. We had full faith he could get the job done,” Weibgen said of his teammate.
Ollie Peake, also produced a gem of a finisher’s knock, smacking an unbeaten 46 off 43 balls to help Australia post the huge total.
Australia path to Under 19 World Cup glory
Jan 22: Australia beat Namibia by four wickets
Jan 25: Australia beat Zimbabwe by 225 runs
Jan 28: Australia beat Sri Lanka by six wickets
Jan 31: Australia beat England by 110 runs (DLS)
Feb 2: No result v West Indies
Feb 8: Second semi-final, Australia beat Pakistan by one wicket
Feb 11: Final, Australia beat India by 79 runs