Thursday, February 8, 2007

Fletcher Thinking of the Injuries in His Team

The England coach Duncun Fletcher has said that ahead of the first final match of the tri nation ODI series, the pressures will be on their rival Australia. He has also said that there are number of injuries in his team which is a matter of great concern as the World Cup Cricket is going to be started from March 11, 2007. The first final of the tri nations’ ODI series will be held today.

Stuff reported:

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 England before the World Cup.

Vaughan aggravated his fragile left hamstring as England toppled New Zealand to confound everyone by qualifying for the best-of-three finals series, and will be reassessed today.

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 Australia was quite clinical, so there is a very good chance that we can go in there and beat Australia [again]," he said.

"There could be a lot of pressure on Australia, from the point of view that we beat them last time, we've beaten New Zealand quite convincingly, and they put up a very good game against Australia the other night.

"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 England opener and match referee Chris - will arrive this morning from Chennai, where he has been training at a fast-bowling camp.

The promising quick will only play if England opts against playing two spinners, Jamie Dalrymple and Monty Panesar.

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.