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GM’s Jack Burnham stars in ICC Under-19 World Cup

11th February 2016 15:23, in Cricket News

Gunn & Moore’s Jack Burnham has been one of the stars of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, notching up three centuries to guide England into the fifth/sixth place play-off against Pakistan.

His third three-figure score, a knock of 109 against Namibia, made him England’s leading run-scorer in an U19 World Cup, and saw him surpass Alastair Cook’s record; he has now scored as many U19 World Cup hundreds as any other player.

It has been a stunning tournament for the right-hander. He began with 148 in 137 balls against Fiji, then made 44 against West Indies and completed the group stage with 106 not out in 104 balls as England made it three wins out of three by beating Zimbabwe.

In the quarter-final, he made 11 against Sri Lanka, who went on to beat England by six wickets.

That meant they played Namibia in the fifth place play-off semi-final, and Burnham bounced back and led the way in a comprehensive 203-run thanks to a knock of 109 in 123 balls. He was later named as the man of the match for his efforts – to add to the earlier award following the Zimbabwe game.

Burnham is a highly rated young player and those who have watched his early years in the game are already comparing his rate of development to that of Joe Root at a similar age – and we all know how well he turned out.

Burnham has been using GM bats since the age of 15, churning out the runs for Durham, Northumberland and England age-group teams.

Despite his tender age, he made his first-class debuts for Durham last year, scoring a half-century against Yorkshire in just his second innings.

His performances go to show that the GM ‘production line’ is still working!

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