Former champions Australia, England and India win warm-up matches

Australia and India see off Sri Lanka and South Africa respectively; Harry Brook, Will Jacks hit centuries for England.

India and Australia started their preparations for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 with comfortable victories in the warm-up matches being played in Christchurch, before the 16-team tournament gets underway on 13 January.

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India and Australia, who have lifted the trophy three times each and are scheduled to go head to head in Tauranga on Sunday, 14 January, put up strong displays on the second day of the warm-up matches. India completed a convincing 189 runs victory over South Africa, while Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs.

In other matches, England had the pleasure of seeing their two batsmen hit centuries as the 1998 champions defeat Ireland by 125 runs, while Canada put up a strong performance to get the better of Kenya by eight wickets.

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