THERE were shades of Shane Warne’s matchwinning heroics in the 1999 World Cup semifinal in Lloyd Pope’s performance at the under-19 World Cup on Tuesday. Only he took twice as many wickets.
Introduced into the attack with England at 0/29 after Australia had been rolled for 127 in its quarterfinal, the South Australian spin sensation took 8/35 to secure a 31-run win and show enough to suggest he might be the answer to the seach for our next great legspinner.
“You always have to have a belief to win the game,” Pope said. “All the boys have worked so hard and we never gave up and that shows the true spirit …. The pitch was turning a bit so it helped me out.”
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Just like Warne when he took 4/29 against South Africa at Edgbaston, the 18-year-old was inspirational as he began to turn the match with two wickets in back-to-back deliveries in the eighth over.