Salzmann's strong start in World Cup

World stage: Macarthur's William Salzmann is currently in the West Indies competing in the U19 World Cup. Picture: Cricket Australia

World stage: Macarthur's William Salzmann is currently in the West Indies competing in the U19 World Cup. Picture: Cricket Australia

The Ashes might be over and won, but the seminal clash isn't the only international cricket of note happening right now.

The best and brightest young cricketers are currently duking it out in the sunny West Indies for the U19 Cricket World Cup.

And wearing the green and gold is local young gun William Salzmann.

The 18-year-old medium pace bowler from Camden South worked incredibly hard to secure his position in the squad, and that dedication is paying dividends.

As of Tuesday, January 18, the Aussies have played two matches in the group stage of the 50-overs tournament, for one win and one loss.

Australia first took on the hosts, bowling out the West Indies for 169 in the 41st over.

Salzmann claimed the third wicket of the match, getting opener Shaqkere Parris LBW for just four runs from 13 balls faced.

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts player wasn't required to put the pads on in the second innings, with the Aussie top order easily chasing down their target inside 45 overs with only four wickets lost.

The tables turned for the Aussies in the next group match on Monday night (Sydney time).

Taking on the Sri Lankans, Australia would record their first loss. Batting first this time, the Aussies struggled to get a foot hold on the game.

Opener Campbell Kellaway dug deep for a half century, but the rest of the top order could barely exceed 20 runs before falling to the Sri Lankan attack.

In fact, Salzmann - coming in at eight - managed the second-most runs of the Aussie outfit, with a handy knock of 22 from 50 balls.

The green and gold were finally bowled out on the very last ball of the innings for 175 runs.

Salzmann backed up to take the opening wicket in the second innings, dismissing opener Shevon Daniel for nine off 10 balls in the fourth over.

But the Sri Lankan batsmen were too good for the Aussies, chasing down their target within 37 overs for a decisive win.

The Aussies now sit third on the ladder in their group stage of the tournament, behind Sri Lanka (with two wins) and the West Indies (with one win and one loss, but a positive net run rate), and ahead of the winless Scotland.