England set for Hong Kong Sixes bid
Last Updated: 26/10/12 2:27pm
Josh Cobb: England captain in Hong Kong
England launch their bid for the Hong Kong Sixes title on Saturday with Leicestershire's Josh Cobb leading the charge.
Cobb, who starred with bat and ball for the Foxes last season, skippers a young team which will be hoping to go one better than last year, when England lost in the final to Pakistan.
Cobb, Lancashire all-rounder Tom Smith and Sussex opener Chris Nash have all played in the competition before.
But Kent spinner Adam Ball, Sussex keeper Ben Brown, Warwickshire fast bowler Keith Barker and Derbyshire all-rounder Ross Whitely will all be making their first appearance.
Barker was a key man with the ball in Warwickshire's title winning summer, but he hits a big ball too, whilst big things are expected of Whitely, who made a huge impression in his breakthrough season, with seasoned judges tipping him as a future England international.
England coach Andy Hurry said: "The key thing for me about this Hong Kong Sixes is that the national selectors have identified seven exciting young talented players who have got the potential now to embark on the first rung of the international ladder by making a real impact in this high-profile competition."
England will face Group A opponents Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa on Saturday with the top two going into Sunday's pool of four, which will decide the finalists.
Australia are being led by Brad Hodge and South Africa are captained by Colin Ingram.