South Africa awaits England star Callum

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Eastbourne cricketer Callum Jackson has been selected to tour South Africa with the England Under-19 squad next year.

The 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who plays for Eastbourne and Sussex County Cricket Club second XI, is one of only 15 youngsters selected to represent their country when they travel to face their South African counterparts in January and February.

Jackson graduated through the County Age Group Squads with Sussex and made a significant impact when he toured India with England Under-17s earlier this year, including notching 97 runs in Pune back in March.

The St Bede’s School pupil will join up with the Under-19 squad to play two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals at the beginning of next year.

It will be a gruelling couple of months but one that Callum, who is also currently studying his final year of A-Levels, is really looking forward to.

He said, “I’m very pleased to have been selected for this tour and it is a great honour to represent your country at any level.

“It feels like a combination of a lot of hard work that has been made possible by the help and support I have received from the coaches at Sussex and my school coach at St Bede’s.”

Their journey will start with a tour match at the Bellville Cricket Club in Cape Town on January, 23 and end with their fifth and final ODI on February, 21 at the Sahara Park Newlands, also in Cape Town.

Callum added, “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of touring South Africa again. They play their cricket hard and it will be tough to win games, but it will be great for my development as a cricketer.

“I have already played at Lord’s, the Oval and Durham Riverside andhope to add Newlands to the list of Test grounds I have played at.”