Fixture News | 22nd June 2007

Bring on Jayasuriya

Gareth Clough claims the Notts Outlaws bowlers must not be distracted by the threat of Lancashire's overseas star Sanath Jayasuriya when the two sides meet at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

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The opener has signed up for the Twenty20 Cup with his international team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan called up by Sri Lanka.

And the 37-year-old veteran, who redefined the role of an opening batsman when he blazed his country to victory in the 1996 World Cup, is bound to be a danger over the course of 20 overs.

But Clough said: "We'll have to suck it and see against him. It's important that you're confident of being successful, whoever you're bowling to.

"Darren Lehmann is probably the best batsman I've had to take on in one-day cricket, but one player doesn't make a team and we have plenty of people who Lancashire should be worried about themselves."

Clough is the most experienced member of the Outlaws squad in Twenty20, with more appearances than any other player.

And the 29-year-old has stressed the importance of winning at home to provide a platform for qualification for the quarter-finals.

He added: "We want to make it a case of 'Fortress Trent Bridge' as we did last year. The weather needs to be good and the crowds big. We had a good run last year and hopefully we can do exactly the same this season."

Squad:
Unchanged from the trip to Derby, with Ryan Sidebottom withdrawn at the request of the England selectors.

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