England vow to trip up All-Stars at Hong Kong Sixes

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2007, 22:10 [IST]
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England believe they have a serious chance of beating an All-Stars team that includes cricketing greats Shane Warne, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath at the Hong Kong Sixes on Sunday.

The England team are to clash with the All-Stars in the quarterfinals of the tournament, which packs 21 five-overs-a-side games into two frenetic days of action.

"No one can pretend it is a highly tactical format of the game," England one-day international player Dimitri Mascarenhas said after scoring 20 not out in their opening match against New Zealand.

"But we are a very competitive bunch of players, and it is always an honour to represent England. The (100,000-dollar) winners' cheque is naturally another reason to try our very best.

"No one is going to miss the opportunity to bowl out Lara or hit Warne or McGrath for a six," he added.

Mascarenhas, who hopes to be on England's tour of New Zealand early next year, said he was looking forward to the quarterfinal battle with Warne, his Hampshire county captain.

"It's fun to see how he fares in Sixes," he said. "I've played in this tournament before and it is not like cricket anywhere else."

The All-Stars also boast Indian super spinner Anil Kumble, former England international Geraint Jones and hard-hitters Craig McMillan of New Zealand and Heath Streak of Zimbabwe.

England manager Mike Gatting said that, despite the carnival atmosphere at the Kowloon Cricket Club, his team was desperate to come out as eventual winners.

"The All-Stars are a pretty decent side, especially with spinners like Shane Warne and Anil Kumble, but this is a game in which any result can come from any match. England are keen to win and we reckon we have a good shot."

Among the key players in the England side are Twenty20 specialist Darren Maddy and 22-year-old Luke Wright, who is tipped to have a future in the Test side.

On Saturday England lost to New Zealand, before beating India -- setting themselves up for the All-Stars' fixture.

All 10 teams finished Saturday's group games still in with a chance of winning the competition Sunday. Three games will be played early to settle the quarterfinal line-up.

Bangladesh, who field Mohammad Ashraful and Zunaed Siddique, and New Zealand are also seen as likely to perform well in the deciding matches.

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