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Moores keen on extra Twenty20 practice

Head coach Peter Moores may consider extra Twenty20 practice games for England's leading players to help their preparation for the lucrative showdown in Antigua later this year.

Moores and the selectors must pick a 15-man squad for the November 1 match against a West Indies all-stars line-up, which is worth 500,000 for each player who makes the winning team.

"It's a challenge for us," said Moores. "We'll have to see what happens as we go along. The skills are transferable from one-day internationals to Twenty20, although it does have slightly different tactics, so we're going to have to look at it."

Most of England's one-day squad featured in Wednesday night's opening round of matches in the Twenty20 Cup and competition is expected to become increasingly intense with the prospect of a Champions League pay-day and a Stanford jackpot.

Moores added: "The fact that it's worth more money doesn't matter, you still use the same judgement to pick the side.

"When you're selecting any team, you pick the best team you think can win the game for England at any given time.

"The challenge of picking the best Twenty20 squad is out there for us. For the Twenty20 World Cup we picked specialists and we took some information from that, and we've got that to draw on when we pick the next Twenty20 teams.

"We've got limited opportunities before the Twenty20 World Cup next year in England so the best players will be picked to play that game.

"There will be no messing around, it will be the best team to win the game. You can never be sentimental when you're picking a team. It has to be the best team you can play, whether it's for the Test match or a one-day international."

source - pa.press.net
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