WILL LUXTON is confident England have the tools to “go and do something special” at the forthcoming Under-19s World Cup in the West Indies.

Luxton and his team-mates are coming towards the end of five days in isolation following their arrival in St Kitts, where they will face reigning champions Bangladesh in their opening game on January 16.

The 18-year-old, a star batter in Yorkshire’s Royal London Cup campaign last summer, is the county’s sole representative in the main squad for the tournament, though fledgling seamer Ben Cliff is a travelling reserve.

And Luxton and co are in Group ‘A’ alongside Bangladesh, Canada and the UAE, with the top two teams in each of the four groups qualifying for the quarter-finals.

“It’s an exciting prospect to play against so many different nations,” said Luxton, who made his U19s debut in their late summer home series against the West Indies and then went to Sri Lanka in December. “It’s a new challenge for everyone, and it will be good fun.

“We have a really good group of players here. Beating the West Indies 4-2 in the summer, I feel like we could have won 6-0.

“If we all play our best games, we don’t have to fear anyone.

“We can definitely go and do something special.

“If we can get through the group stage, anyone can beat anyone on the day from there.

“We have loads of talent. Tom Prest (England’s captain) has scored a load of runs at second-team level and played in Hampshire’s first team last summer.

“There’s a lot of first-team experience, both County Championship and Royal London. We have a really good side.”

After beating the West Indies, England lost 3-2 in Sri Lanka before Christmas.

In eight matches across both series, Luxton scored 184 runs with one half-century - 84 not out in the final game in Sri Lanka.

“You have to assume India are going to be up there, probably as favourites,” continued Luxton.

“But when we played Sri Lanka, everybody was raving about them because they had just beaten Bangladesh 5-0. And Bangladesh won the last World Cup.

“We just have to go in with the mindset that we can beat anyone.

“Bangladesh first up. If we can get through that, it will give us loads of confidence for the rest of the tournament.”

Bradford Grammar School-educated Luxton impressed in seven Royal London Cup appearances for Yorkshire last summer, scoring 165, including a debut 68 against Northamptonshire at Scarborough.

“Playing in the first team builds that belief that you’re good enough. But it’s not just about ‘I can do it’, it’s also about learning how to do it.

“Playing those Royal London games alongside some top players was a great learning curve for me.

“I was just happy to get a game.

“If you’d have said to me at the start of the year, ‘You’ll play six or seven Royal London games’, I would have snatched your hand off.

“But everybody wants to win a trophy. That would have been great.”

A trophy in the Caribbean on February 5 would be the perfect way to start 2022 for Luxton and maybe Cliff should he be involved at any stage.

“Myself and Ben have come a long way together,” said Luxton. “We played under-11s, maybe even under-10s, together. So it’s a proud moment for us both and our families as well.”