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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK
Maddy targets Twenty20 World Cup
By Andrew McKenzie

Darren Maddy
Maddy's Bears are unbeaten in the Twenty20 Cup this season
Warwickshire skipper Darren Maddy has set his sights on a place in England's Twenty20 World Cup squad.

Maddy has earned a reputation as one of the best exponents of the game and has not given up on a first appearance for England since 2000.

"It's a game I've done really well in in the past few years," the 33-year-old batsman told BBC Sport.

"To play any form of international cricket should be every cricketer's goal and I'm no different."

Maddy's last game in England colours was a one-day international against Zimbabwe over seven years ago, when he scored a half century but was not picked again.

He has played just eight one-day games and three Tests for his country but the introduction of Twenty20 has revitalised his international hopes.

Maddy was a key part of the Leicestershire side that won the Twenty20 Cup in 2004 and 2006 and he has taken up where he left off after moving to Warwickshire this season.

Under his captaincy the Bears have already booked a place in the quarter-finals after five wins in six games (their other game was rained off).

And his form has led to suggestions he should be drafted into England's squad for the inaugural World Cup in South Africa in September.

Maddy added: "I'm not under any illusions just because I've played well in the past I should be an automatic choice, but certainly I feel if I can do well I'll be considered and thought about.

"I'm fully aware I need to win more games and get bigger scores and help Warwickshire have a good run in this competition to be considered."

A lot of the England players have not played much Twenty20 so they have probably not grasped the concept of the game

Darren Maddy
England have lost four out of six of their international Twenty20 games and have so far resisted the calls to bring in specialists at the shorter form of the game.

Maddy has had no contact with any of the England coaching set-up about a potential call-up, but he remains optimistic of being in the selectors' thoughts.

He said: "Hopefully I can have a good Twenty20 series and get my name up there.

"I don't think their minds are on the Twenty20 World Cup and you can't really blame them - they have a lot to work on.

"There is a lot of cricket to be played and a lot of good Twenty20 batsmen. It is about picking the batsmen who are best in form and do best at this form of the game.

"I understand why they stuck with the same side against the West Indies recently because of the one-day series starting immediately after - they wanted to get their squad together.

"They picked the best team in their opinion and they feel the best players are the best to play in any form and there is a lot of truth in that.

"Unfortunately I think a lot of the England players have not played much Twenty20 so they have probably not grasped the concept of the game.

"Because of the heavy schedule for international players they miss out on a lot of the domestic competition which is a shame but I'm sure they'd be equally good at it.

"It is a different game. There are a lot of similarities but it different at the same time.

"But they are our best one-day players and that is who the selectors have trusted."

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