19 Sep 2013

England still ironing out kinks


KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan of Johor Cup debutants England intend to use the tournament to iron out the kinks.

England are in Group D with Pakistan, South Africa and host Malaysia.


And team manager Steve Floyd believes that the tournament would help his team be better prepared for the challenges they will face from Pakistan and Malaysia in the Junior World Cup New Delhi in December.

“We played against Malaysia last month during their playing tour to Europe and I must say that I’m impressed with their ability ... the matches were close indeed,” said Floyd.

“Malaysia have been very impressive and cannot be taken lightly ... all the teams should be wary of their ability.

“As Pakistan and Malaysia are in our group for the Junior World Cup, we’ll try out certain tactics against them ... without revealing too much.

“Although we are not setting any targets for the Sultan of Johor Cup, we still aim to do well in the tournament.”

England will be strengthened by the inclusion of three players who train with the national senior side – Phil Roper, Andy Bull and Ross Gilham Ross.

Except for Roper, the other two played against Malaysia in the three-match series in Leeds early last month.

“We hope to give a good account of ourselves in the Sultan of Johor Cup and will take it one match at a time. It’s a strong field and I expect close matches,” said Floyd, whose team will open accounts against India on Sunday.

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