Australia’s U19 cricketers have finished fourth in the World Cup tournament in Dubai after losing to England with two balls remaining in their play-off.

Australia lost a nail-biter to England, going down by one wicket with two balls remaining, to finish fourth in the ICC U19 World Cup.

England successfully chased down Australia’s 7-246 in the last over following a century to middle-order batsman Ben Duckett.

Best of the Australian bowlers was Ben Ashkenazi with (3-32).

Earlier, an unbeaten 56 to Ben McDermott lifted Australia to the defendable total.

Openers Matt Short made 41 and Kelvin Smith 30.

Australia coach Graeme Hick said the players were disappointed with their loss.

“A lot of disappointment, I think the players are hurting now,” Hick said. “But at the end of the day, you’ve got to remember they are 19, they are learning the game, and this is all part of their development.

“We’ll see a lot of them during this off-season, some will go to England, some are up with us at the NCC (National Cricket Centre in Brisbane), and hopefully we can continue their development.”

The final will be decided on Saturday between South Africa and Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.