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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 June, 2003, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK
England's Twenty20 best
As no other country yet plays Twenty20 cricket, England's selectors are so far spared the headache of selecting a side to take on the rest of the world.

But, after the group stages of county cricket's newest and most-exciting tournament, which youngsters could make their mark in an England Twenty20 XI?


Nicky Peng (Durham)

Playing as an opener in this form of the game, the former England U19 captain has taken advantage of the early fielding restrictions well and has not been afraid to gamble.

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex)

Ranking third behind Matthew Maynard and Nick Knight among England-qualified run-scorers with 164, the Middlesex skipper has translated his dominant Championship form to the shorter game.

Australians Mike Hussey, Ian Harvey, Brad Hodge and Michael di Venuto are among the six leading run-scorers in the competition
Azhar Mahmood has starred for Surrey in four matches around his appearances for Pakistan and compatriots Abdul Razzaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Wasim Akram and Mohammed Sami also have Twenty20 experience
Michael Lumb (Yorkshire)

Yorkshire's most reliable player for much of the summer does not have that impressive a batting average, but his willingness to go over the top has brought a phenomenal strike rate of 177.1 runs per 100 deliveries.

Kadeer Ali (Worcestershire)

Tall for a batsmen at 6ft 2ins, Kadeer has taken advantage of the Royals' injury crisis to stamp his mark on the new competition with 122 runs at 24.40.

Mike Powell (Glamorgan)

Behind veteran Maynard, Powell has been a leading light in Glamorgan's disappointing campaign, his 66 not out, including just eight boundaries, leading the Dragons to their only win, over Worcestershire.


Tim Ambrose (Sussex)

With two wicket-keepers in their XI who have been talked about in England circles, the Sharks have opted to hand the gloves to Ambrose for this competition while Matt Prior opens the batting.

And the Australian-born gloveman has not disappointed, with eight dismissals to add to his 117 runs.


Robin Martin-Jenkins (Sussex)

Robin Martin-Jenkins
Martin-Jenkins has excelled with bat and ball
Martin-Jenkins, son of TMS commentator and Times cricket correspondent Christopher, ranks fourth in the batting averages, complementing his six wickets.

Glen Chapple (Lancashire)

The man who holds the record for the fastest first-class century in England has backed up his 71 runs with nine wickets and a relatively tight economy rate of 5.31.

Robert Croft (Glamorgan)

The Dragons skipper has reinvented himself as a big-hitting opening batsman, with a strike rate of 147.88 despite Glamorgan's poor record in the competition.


Jason Brown (Northants)

Who said spinners would suffer in the shortened form of the game? Off-break bowler Brown has tied batsmen in knots, especially late in innings, to take 11 wickets.

Liam Plunkett (Durham)

The former England U19 pace bowler was passed over by his county for much of the competition but still managed four wickets in two games, including 2-18 against Derbyshire.

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