India and Australia clash on Saturday for the coveted ICC U19 WC Trophy    Getty Images
India and Australia clash on Saturday for the coveted ICC U19 WC Trophy Getty Images

Dubai [UAE]: Wicket-keeper-batsman Patrick Rowe will replace all-rounder Aaron Hardie in the Australia squad for the Under-19 World Cup, confirmed the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday. Hardie was himself a replacement for pace bowler Jason Ralston, who suffered a groin injury. His replacement Rowe is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.

The replacement of a player in the tournament requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee of the tournament before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. Australia will play the Under-19 World Cup finals against India on Saturday.

The two teams who started the campaign together will be against each other. India with their winning streak and dominance over their opponents are certainly the favourites while Australia peaked at the right time and will eye vengeance. Both teams have won the World Cup at this level, thrice.