JACK Haynes is relishing the prospect of working with Ian Bell when he flies out to India on Tuesday as part of a training get together with three other academy batsmen.

The Worcestershire player says Bell, who has been appointed England under 19 batting coach, was someone he admired and looked up to as a youngster.

Bell played 118 Tests and 161 ODIs with a combined tally of nearly 13,000 runs for England during an outstanding career.

Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Jordan Cox (Kent) and Tom Clark (Sussex) are also part of the quartet who will be put through their paces in India.

Haynes, who played first-class matches during August and September, said: “I’m really looking forward to picking his brain. He was the player I looked up to when I was growing up.

“Now all of a sudden he is my England under 19 batting coach which is quite cool. He was so consistent and technically he was so good as well and brilliant to watch.”

Haynes has been included in the squad for the Tri-Series involving England, West Indies and Sri Lanka next month in the Caribbean ahead of next year's ICC Under 19 World Cup in South Africa.

Haynes was England’s leading run-scorer in the summer 50-over series against India and Bangladesh which included three games at Blackfinch New Road.

The 18-year-old said: “It will be back to Malvern College for a couple of weeks training when I get back from India and then off to Antigua at the end of the month.”

Paul Pridgeon says Haynes’ development as a player will only be enhanced by his involvement with England under 19s.

Pridgeon, chairman of the Worcestershire cricket steering group, has seen the likes of Ed Barnard, Dillon Pennington and Adam Finch reap the benefits of their spells at under 19 level for their country.

He said: “Getting more international experience is all part of Jack’s learning curve and it is giving him a good opportunity to play at a good level and learn.

“We’ve had people in our current squad in Barny, Dillon and Finchy who played in recent Under 19 World Cups and it helped to enhance their development.

"I read that Dillon credits his rise to first-team cricket was helped by playing so much under 19 cricket for England and I think he is probably right.

“Jack is quite a grounded lad, he is intelligent and knows that it is not going to be a walk in the park.

“He knows he is going to have to work hard to achieve things. Given the level of ability the boy has he has got every chance of getting there.

“I’ve seen a lot of him and I rate him very highly technically — as do a lot of other people.”

Haynes made his senior debut for Worcestershire during the tail-end of last season, appearing in the tour game versus Australia and the final four Specsavers County Championship Division Two matches.

Pridgeon added: “He wasn’t fazed by first-team cricket. A lot of young players come in and they are intimidated by it a little bit. He certainly wasn’t.”