New spinning star? Aussie leggie Pope stuns England with 8 wickets at Under 19 World Cup

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Australia has unearthed a star of the future with leg-spinner Lloyd Pope producing an eight-wicket haul to set up a miracle quarter-final win over England at the ICC Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Defending just 127 in Queenstown, Australia was facing one of its earliest exits from the tournament as England raced to 0-47 from seven overs before the 18-year-old Pope weaved his magic.

The South Australian snaffled 8-35 from 9.4 overs — the best spell in an Under 19 World Cup — to skittle England for just 96 and give his side a 31-run victory.

External Link: ICC tweets This could justifiably be called a Warne-esque spell; this has a claim to being Australia’s most explosive scene-bursting moment since Shane lobed one up to Mike Gatting in 1993.

"I like putting myself in pressure scenarios, I feel like I bowl better under pressure," Pope said.

"This is by far the best bowling I've ever done (in any competition) and to do it for my country is pretty awesome, really."

The spectacular eight-wicket haul prompted lavish praise from leg-spinning great Shane Warne.

"This is terrific [and] brings a huge smile to my face," Warne tweeted.

"I had the pleasure of meeting this impressive young man in Adelaide a while ago! Was nice to have a bowl with him too — Lloyd gave it a rip.

"Well done [and] congrats! Spin to win my friend."

"I like putting myself in pressure scenarios, I feel like I bowl better under pressure," Pope said.

"This is by far the best bowling I've ever done (in any competition) and to do it for my country is pretty awesome, really."

External Link: What Lloyd Pope has done to England today at the #U19CWC is pretty unbelievable.

While outstanding, Pope's performance is hardly a fluke.

Pope was the leading wicket taker at both the under 17 and under 19 national championships and is on a rookie contract with South Australia.

But he quickly played down any resemblance to Warne, who retired when Pope was just seven.

"He's a huge influence on cricket and my bowling…but) I tend not to compare myself to him," he said.

"It's a learning tool for me, watching him bowl in Test cricket, and I'd really like to get my red ball cricket up to where he was or just below."

Besides bringing the Under 19 World Cup trophy back to Australia, the Adelaide grade cricketer said his next aim was getting more time in the game's longer formats.

The dream still remains a Baggy Green but Pope was not getting ahead of himself.

"I've still got work to do," he said.

Australia captain Jason Sangha, who took three slips catches from the bowling of Pope, had earlier played a lone hand with the bat, knocking 58 runs from 91 balls.

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