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Scots can spring a surprise

Hamilton planning Twenty20 shock

Hamilton: surprise in store

Scotland's Gavin Hamilton believes his team can cause a few upsets in the World Twenty20.

Batsman Hamilton, who was recalled to the side in July, is optimistic the team can do well in South Africa and make their disastrous World Cup campaign a distant memory.

The Saltires begin their Group D campaign against Pakistan next Wednesday before clashing with India the following day, and the former Yorkshire and England player insists they can produce the goods.

He said: "We've got to be realistic about it - they are pretty decent sides but if you're going to play against two 'temperamental' teams, to say the least, I think it would be those two."

Scotland's scheduled one-dayer against Pakistan in July was washed out, and they suffered a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of India last month.

However, the Twenty20 format provides a different challenge and it is one the Scots are very much looking forward to.

Hamilton added: "I wouldn't say there's every chance but if there's ever a competition for something to happen then this is the sort or format - and that adds to the excitement of the whole thing.

"It goes back to the Twenty20 format...we're backing ourselves - never say never. The whole spectacle of the whole thing makes it worthwhile, worth looking forward to each game... it's just pretty much non-stop."