Lewis calling the shots

09 January 2018 05:33:35 EST

England Under-19 head coach Jon Lewis says he will make his own calls on selection at the World Cup despite being given a heads-up by Richard Dawson.

Gloucestershire head coach Dawson took the 15-man group on a pre-tournament tour to South Africa before Christmas.

The position of head coach was made vacant when Andy Hurry opted to return to Somerset as director of cricket.

So the ECB seconded Dawson during the preparation phase and Sussex assistant coach Lewis - who had not seen the squad until the past few days - for the tournament proper.

"It's brilliant. You have no pre-conceived ideas. You know the players in the 15 and then you pick what you see," Lewis said, ahead of the New Zealand-based competition.

"Sometimes as a coach you pick a team before you turn up on tour and it doesn't work out for you. I will watch the guys before our first competitive fixture and I'll make my judgments based on what I see."

Of the reports on Harry Brook's squad, he added: "Richard and I have been able to communicate on a number of occasions about selection and how the group go about their business," explained Lewis.

"He's given me a very in-depth report on each player from the South Africa tour so I'll bear that in mind as well as making my own judgments."

Meanwhile, England's senior team will face off against Australia in a one-day series over the next few weeks, with the first game taking place on Sunday.

England are 1/5 to win the series, while the Baggy Greens are 7/2.

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