The class of 2008: Current stars who featured in the seventh U-19 World Cup

Aadya Sharma


Steve Smith,
Josh Hazlewood, Steven Smith and James Faulkner

Steve Smith has had a remarkable transformation: far from being one of the world’s best batsman, Smith was a leggie when he started off for Australia. At the domestic level, he was known for his handy batting and was part of a talented line-up of Aussies who played the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia nine years ago.

He had a pretty average outing, fetching 114 runs at an average of 28.50 and picking seven wickets from four games.

Along with Smith, a chunk of the current Australian pace battery Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson were part of the squad. James Faulkner, who has a history of animated duels with Kohli, was also part of the team, as was all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who has been used effectively by the team as an all-rounder since his debut in 2015.

The late Phillip Hughes, who died due to a head injury on the pitch in 2014, was also part of the line-up.

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