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Moores excited by growth of Twenty20

Source - pa.press.net

England coach Peter Moores believes the game will benefit enormously from the explosion of interest in Twenty20 cricket.

Moores' side will compete for huge cash sums after a series of 10million winner-take-all challenge matches against Sir Allen Stanford's 'All-Star' side was announced on Wednesday.

Moores, speaking as the '20/20 for 20' series was launched at Lord's, told Sky Sports News: "It is exciting for the game of cricket."

He continued: "The fact it is getting people talking will spill out across the world. This is a different format with different pressures and brings a different audience. That is good for the game.

"But Test cricket is here to stay, it is the foundation of all we see."

Texan billionaire Stanford has promised more than 50million over five years for the games to be held in Antigua.

England's players will be handed 500,000 if they win the first match on November 1 with a further 500,000 being paid to the other members of the squad and 500,000 for coaching staff.

England augmented their squad with some specialist - and not centrally-contracted - players for the World Twenty20 last autumn and Moores insists the best players for the job will again be picked.

He added: "We need 11 players for the game and enough to cover for injuries, 14-15 or 15 would be the normal size squad.

"I don't think there will be pressure from centrally-contracted players. We will pick the best players whether they are centrally-contracted or not."

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