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T20 World Cup: Namibia coach says 'desperation makes us dangerous' ahead of England clash

Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyn has warned England "desperation makes us dangerous" as his players look to spring an upset that could change the course of their career.

The southern Africans are already out of the competition after successive defeats to Scotland and Australia, but De Bruyn believes there is no such thing as a dead game for his team.

With England needing victory to have a chance of qualifying from Group B, there is a stage for some of the country's lesser-known names to put in a performance that catches the eye and opens the door to the franchise circuit.

While the stakes are high in terms of England's title defence, they are no less significant for the opposition.

"My guys are not going to die wondering, they see these World Cups as a platform," De Bruyn said.

"If you're an associate cricketer who wants to break into a franchise league, then you are desperate. I believe that desperation makes us dangerous.

"One big six at the right time, one great over at the death… someone out there could like what they see. Getting picked up in the Blast in England would be huge for our guys.

"If I look around our changing room I know there are individuals who, if they have a good day, can upset a big team."

One of the biggest challenges for Namibia will be finding a way to combat the express pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.

The duo were too hot for Oman to handle when they were bundled out for 47 on Thursday, with skipper Aqib Ilyas admitting it was an alien experience for his side.

But De Bruyn does not expect his side to shrink from the battle.

"We don't face 145kph every day of our lives and I fully get that you might start getting sweaty hands facing bowlers like that," he said.

"But I can tell you one thing about Namibians: they are not going to stand back from a fight. Against top teams you need to find a way.

"Maybe we aren't looking to hit Jofra Archer back over his head for six but there are ways you can use the pace to your advantage. We know it's coming so we realise the challenges in front of us."

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