Five youngsters who may have an international future

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Jimmy Adams (England)

An accomplished left-handed opening batsman from Sherborne School, he showed with his 141 against Canada and 69 against India his ability to score all around the wicket. His phlegmatic temperament and good attitude should stand him in good stead.

John Francis (England)

An all-round sportsman from King Edward VI School, Southampton, this bespectacled left-hander demonstrated a refreshing tendency to dominate the attack from the start with his 78 against India. A fine fielder, like Adams he has been developing his cricket with Hampshire's coaching.

Ryan Sierra (South Africa)

Another left-handed batsman to catch the eye, particularly with his 90 in the semi-final against India. But what really impressed was his single- minded attitude to his cricket. A product of the Transvaal school of excellence, it will come as no surprise to see him wearing his country's colours in Test cricket.

Imran Qadir (Pakistan)

Follows in the footsteps of his famous father, Abdul, as a leg spinner, and as England's batsmen discovered in their semi- final he has already progressed beyond the apprentice stage. He has immense ability and already looks the heir apparent to Mushtaq Ahmed.

Reetinder Sodhi (India)

He has represented the Punjab at various levels. Look out for his dark blue turban in the years to come, whether he is batting high in the order or bowling seam and moving the ball away from batsmen. He captained India to the final with an impressive maturity.

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