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Master Batsman Justin Langer to play at Hong Kong Cricket Sixes

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 11 September 2008

Master batsman Justin Langer will be parading his world class skills at this years Hong Kong Cricket Sixes. The Australian legend is the latest big name to sign up for the showpiece at the Kowloon Cricket Club from November 8-9.

Langer, 37, will join West Indies great Shivnarine Chanderpaul and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming in the All-Stars team that will headline the tournament.

I'm delighted to be taking part in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes and I'm looking forward to what promises to be an exciting and competitive weekend at the Kowloon Cricket Club, said Langer. Having played many times against Shivnarine and Stephen during my years in test cricket, I know first-hand what great players they are and it will be a pleasure to team up with them in the All-Stars.

Langer retired from test cricket last year after a brilliant 14-year career during which he was recognised as one of the worlds premier opening batsmen. The left-hander played 105 tests, amassing 23 centuries at an average of 45.27, and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2001.

He continues to play for Somerset in the English County Championship and will also appear for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League next year.

Justin is one of the true greats of the modern game and we are very pleased he has agreed to play in the Sixes, said tournament director Mark Burns. With three top names confirmed, the All-Stars team is taking shape and we expect to sign up more household names in the coming weeks.

Chanderpaul, 34, was recently named Wisden Cricketer of the Year and is currently the highest ranked batsman in the world. The Guyana-born ace has played 112 tests, scoring 19 hundreds and 49 fifties.

Fleming, 35, retired from international cricket earlier this year after a stellar 14-year career in which he played 111 tests.

This years tournament will involve an eight-team format, with the All-Stars joining six test-playing nations and hosts Hong Kong in the line-up.

We have featured 10 teams in the past, but the eight-team format is more competitive and appeals more to players and fans alike, said Burns. It means more matches 22 as opposed to 21 last year and more cricket for each team, which is what the players want. It also gives spectators more chance to see their favourite teams.

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