Adcocks to carry medal hopes

Husband and wife Chris and Gabby Adcock will spearhead Team England's badminton challenge at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Adcocks, ranked five in the world, will be the country's chief medal hope when they compete together in the mixed doubles.

Chris Adcock, a World Championship silver medallist in 2011 and one of only four British players at the 2012 London Olympics, will also play men's doubles with Andy Ellis.

Gabby Adcock will also team up with Lauren Smith in the women's doubles.

Chris Adcock said: "As with the Olympic Games in London, the Commonwealth Games look set to bring the country together and it will be great to compete in front of our home fans once again.

"I have had a good year in both my men's and mixed doubles partnerships, so hopefully I can continue this and bring back some medals."

England will have a second mixed doubles pairing in Chris Langridge and Heather Olver.

Langridge will also combine with Peter Mills in the men's doubles and Olver with Kate Robertshaw in the women's.

Another of the London Olympians, Rajiv Ouseph, the current world number 26 and 2010 runner-up, will lead the English charge in the men's singles.

The 27-year-old said: "Winning the silver medal in Delhi was a fantastic achievement and I am determined to win another medal for England this time around.

"I know the challenge will be tough as there are some very strong countries but I will give it everything I have to try and achieve it."

The team is completed by women's singles entrant Sarah Walker, the world number 79.

Six gold medals will be played for in Glasgow with a team event in addition to the two singles and three doubles disciplines.

Team England chef de mission Jan Paterson said: "Badminton has a fantastic heritage in the Commonwealth Games and this will be the sport's 14th successive appearance and I'm very proud to say that Team England have won 33 gold medals during that period.

"I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our badminton athletes and I look forward to watching them compete in this superb sport in Glasgow."