As birthdays go, George Hill’s forthcoming 19th could be pretty memorable.

The fledgling Yorkshire batting all-rounder has flown to South Africa, alongside county colleague Harry Duke, to be part of England’s Under 19s World Cup campaign which runs between January 18 and February 9.

Hill, born in Keighley, celebrates his birthday on January 24, sandwiched the day in between group games against Australia and Nigeria in Kimberley.

So, needless to say, immediate celebrations will be put on ice.

However, securing silverware a couple of weeks later would be one heck of a belated gift.

“That would be the best present ever!” said Hill, just before boarding his flight late last week.

A product of the Sedbergh School system which helped to develop Harry Brook and is currently guiding Matthew Revis, Hill has been named as England’s vice captain for the tournament. Lancashire’s George Balderson is the skipper.

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