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Argentina player-coach Hamish Barton expects an improved showing at next month's Americas Championship in Florida thanks to the experience gained from the World Cricket League.
"We have played a lot more international cricket through the WCL and the players have gained invaluable experience so we are looking to be a lot more competitive this time around," Barton said.
And last year's WCL Division 3 tournament in Darwin would have been hugely beneficial to Argentine confidence not just because they were finalists, losing to Uganda. They beat the Cayman Islands in the semi-finals, their first ever win over their regional foes, who they face at the Americas Championship on November 27. The tournament runs from November 25 to November 30.
Argentina will field two debutants in Florida - Barton, who is from New Zealand, and David Mauro, an allrounder. Mauro spent last season as coach of the Chilean national team and although originally from Argentina, played in New Zealand in 2006-07.
Argentina: Esteban MacDermott (capt) (Lomas Athletic), Alejandro Ferguson (vice-captain) (Belgrano Athletic), Hamish Barton (player/coach) (Hurlingham), Agustin Casime (St Albans), Pablo Ferguson (Belgrano Athletic), Donny Forrester (Belgrano Athletic), Tommy Francis (St Albans), Diego Lord (Lomas Athletic), David Mauro (Lomas Athletic), Esteban Nino (Belgrano Athletic), Lucas Paterlini (St Albans), Pablo Ryan (Lomas Athletic), Gary Savage (Hurlingham), Martin Siri (Lomas Athletic); Team Manager - Derek Culley, Fitness trainer/Physio - Martin Sacchetti.
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Sub-editor (stats) After graduating in Economics from St Xavier's College, Mathew Varghese did a journalism course before joining Cricinfo. Born and brought up in Bombay, Mathew thought hailing from the same city as Sachin Tendulkar would automatically make him inherit some of the genius. Sadly, besides a low grip on the bat handle, he acquired nothing else. He still dreams of being the perfect cricketer - a Bradmanesque batsman who can blend aggression with dour defence; a bowler who can perform the roles of McGrath, Lee and Warne; a fielder in the Jonty class; and a captain-cum-coach with an unprecedented record.