Captain Michael Vaughan is not the only player struggling with niggling soreness ahead of tomorrow's first final at the MCG.
Paul Collingwood has "a little foot injury that comes and goes", and pacemen Jon Lewis and Chris Tremlett are flying home to have their respective ankle and back ailments treated in
before the World Cup. England
aggravated his fragile left hamstring as Vaughan toppled England to confound everyone by qualifying for the best-of-three finals series, and will be reassessed today. New Zealand
Ironically, making the finals may not be the ideal World Cup preparation for an injury-affected team that has been on the road since October. But Fletcher, under pressure to keep his job, did his best to turn the heat on the world champions.
"We've won these two games against two very, very good, experienced sides. The way we beat
was quite clinical, so there is a very good chance that we can go in there and beat Australia [again]," he said. Australia
"There could be a lot of pressure on
, from the point of view that we beat them last time, we've beaten Australia quite convincingly, and they put up a very good game against New Zealand the other night. Australia
"We're the underdogs - we've got a few injuries and a very, very young side and we've played some very good cricket. What's the limit of this side? There's a lot of growth in it and we could upset a lot of top sides."
Rumours that Pietersen would resurface only a few weeks after breaking a rib are unfounded, but Broad - the 20-year-old son of former
opener and match referee Chris - will arrive this morning from Chennai, where he has been training at a fast-bowling camp. England
The promising quick will only play if
opts against playing two spinners, Jamie Dalrymple and Monty Panesar. England
I think the final would be an excellent match where the game ‘Cricket’ will win to have seen amazing. It is really a bad time for a player and his team to have fallen to injury as the biggest stage of world cricket, ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, is now just a month away. This would definitely be seen him here in the university.