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Kasey all set for Under 19 World Cup

Kasey Aldridge returned home to Somerset just before Christmas following a very successful trip to the West Indies, where he played for England Under 19s in the one day tri-series.

Having spent the festive season at home with his family, the young paceman, who claimed 13 wickets in the series at an average of just 11.46, is now packing his bags ready to fly out to take part on the Under 19 World Cup.

Earlier this week we caught up with Kasey, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Christmas Eve, to share his thoughts on the Tri Series.

“Apart from us not winning the final against Sri Lanka, which was a bit of a shame, we had a pretty successful tour,” he said. “The pitch in the final suited the spinners more and they had plenty of them, which was tough for us.

“I think we learned a lot from the tour, especially the batsmen, and hopefully we can take that on board and make use of it in South Africa.”

Regarding his own performances, which included a series best five for 18 against West Indies, Kasey said: “That was a really special game for me and I haven’t had five wickets for England before, so it’s nice to be able to tick that off the list. That has made me hungry to want to go out and get some more, hopefully at the World Cup.

“I’ve learned some things about myself that will enable me to perform better when I am out on the pitch. I was working a lot with Jon Lewis, who was the Head Coach and Bowling Coach out in the West Indies. I’ve known him since last winter when I went away as well. He really helped me when I was out there.

“The trip to the West Indies has given me the confidence and proved to myself that I can perform at this level and hopefully this will enable me to go on and help England win the Under 19 World Cup.”

Kasey signed a two-year contract with the Club in the summer after graduating from the Academy, so how is he enjoying being a professional cricketer?

“I’m absolutely loving it to be honest,” he said. “It couldn’t have gone any better for me. My family are just pleased that I’m going out there, being myself and enjoying success.”

Is playing at this level what he expected?

“Last winter out in India and Bangladesh was a bit of a shock, but I knew it would be tough and a big step up from where I have played before. It’s made me realize that it’s not all going to happen very quickly and I won’t be successful straight away.

“In the summer and this winter I’ve worked hard on my game. Now I’ve come back from the Tri-Series and hope I can be successful in the World Cup as well.”

Kasey will be joining up with his Somerset team mates Lewis Goldsworthy and Sam Young later today as all three will be flying out to South Africa with the rest of the England squad to start their final preparations for the Under 19 World Cup.

England play two warm up games ahead of the competition, the first of which is against Zimbabwe at Pretoria on January 12th before the World Cup gets underway with their first game being against West Indies on January 20th at Kimberley.

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