WIMBORNE-BORN Tom Prest remarked “it’s not often you get to play in a World Cup final” after he captained England in the final of the World Under-19s Cup in Antigua.

England unfortunately lost to India by four wickets despite James Rew’s 95, which came off 116 balls and included 12 fours, after a perilous start in which they lost Jacob Bethell and Prest inside the first four overs.

"We've bowled really well throughout the tournament," Prest told ESPN.

"We thought if we could take some early wickets, get their middle order in early and really put some pressure on, then Josh Boyden taking a wicket in the first over kind of filled us with confidence.

"But yeah, at half-time I thought we'd done really well to get up to 189 from where we were, (thanks to) James Rew's effort. It's not often that you get to play in a World Cup final. That's enough motivation as it is to scrap for every ball and defend every run as best as we could.

"It's obviously pretty tough to take, losing in a final, but we've done amazingly just to get here, it's taken 24 years to get to a final. I couldn't be prouder of the boys and all their efforts, right from the group stage. We've put in some amazing performances, but unfortunately we couldn't just do one more.

"I think that win in the semi-final against Afghanistan, that was an incredible feeling, to get to a World Cup final. There was a lot of pressure at the back end there, and the bowlers really stepped up, so we did really well to come through that, and yeah, get to play in the final today. That's probably my highlight."