England may extend One-day schedule abroad

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 1:30 [IST]
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Colombo: England may broaden their One-day cricket horizons to offer an authentic challenge at the next World Cup in South Africa early in 2003. ''We have a lack of international One-day experience, especially in these types of conditions,'' said former England captain Alec Stewart on Tuesday after a 3-0 defeat in a Limited-Overs series against Sri Lanka. Stewart, who led England in the last World Cup in 1999, said, ''We have got a very good One-day record at home but you may see us competing in more One-day competitions overseas, in this part of the world, possibly in Sharjah, and obviously in preparation for the World Cup in South Africa.'' Despite losing the Limited-Overs matches to Sri Lanka, including a 10-wicket defeat in the final game, Stewart said, ''There is no cause for concern about the World Cup. ''It will be on completely different wickets and in completely different conditions. We had five lads who came out (for the One-dayers in Sri Lanka) having not played hardly any cricket for four or five months. "Then we had to lift ourselves after a hard Test series, and we were not up to the task.'' Graham Thorpe, who led England in the Limited-Overs games in Sri Lanka after the injured Nasser Hussain returned home early, said, ''It (defeat here) can almost be a good thing. ''At least as far as English One-day cricket goes we know our position now and how much work is needed to catch up with some of the best sides. With the World Cup in South Africa, that's where all the planning and strategy has to go to now.'' England went out of the 1999 World Cup at home in the first round. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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