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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.

“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.