Cricket World Cup: England 'do not fear Sri Lanka'
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final: Sri Lanka v England Venue: Colombo Date: Saturday, 26 March (0900 GMT) Coverage:
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England skipper Andrew Strauss (left) with Gooch in the nets
England batting coach Graham Gooch says Andrew Strauss's team will not fear playing Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
England reached the knockout stages after a series of stuttering performances while Sri Lanka will be playing at home in Colombo.
"Sri Lanka in their own country are a top team with world-class players and lots of experience," said Gooch.
"But England won't fear them, they'll look forward to competing with them."
Gooch, who played in and lost three World Cup finals in three different decades, added: "That's one of the beauties of the game - you look forward to those challenges, to coming up against those players.
I hope this team have got it within them to win the World Cup - I'm convinced they have
"England are not worried about winning or losing. What they're worried about and should be concentrating on is getting their own game right, playing the game they want to play.
"If they do that, they'll have a good chance of winning that quarter-final."
Sri Lanka expect star off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who will retire at the end of the tournament, to shrug off a hamstring injury and be fit to take on England.
And he is joined in a formidable-looking team by captain Kumar Sangakkara and fellow batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene, while more spin and pace will be provided respectively by Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga.
But while Gooch admitted England, who flew to Colombo on Monday, needed to show dramatic improvement from their patchy form in the group stage, he was confident they were capable of doing so.
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