England go for Aussies

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England’s players are not looking further than their quarter-final at the World Team Championship in Germany – despite moving closer to a highly-anticipated clash with Australia.

England, using their squad rotation policy for the fourth day in a row, brushed aside an inexperienced Hong Kong side 3/0 to set up a last eight clash with Italy. England are seeded to meet Australia in the semi-finals today.

Yesterday Essex’s Daryl Selby, the world No 11 from Brentwood, handed England early momentum as he brushed aside 17 year-old Tsz Fung Yip 11-5, 11-4, 11-2.

Afterwards he revealed the multiple role he is playing this week other than being England’s No 4 in the three-man format.

“I don’t want to claim I’m the Graeme Swann of the team,” he said, “but it’s important to be able to joke and laugh in a team environment. I’m here to keep the boys fresh and do a job when called upon.” Sheffield’s Nick Matthew was rested with tougher encounters to come.