Melbourne: England's team has abandoned an idea that some players could return home briefly after its Australian tour and before the World Cup, captain Nasser Hussain said on Saturday.
In a prepared statement, Hussain said the team could generate a new sense of team spirit by staying together over the next few weeks to prepare for the game's four- yearly showpiece starting in Africa next month. Hussain had said earlier he favoured his players being given the option of returning to England immediately after the tri-nations series Limited Overs contest. But the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opposed the idea, saying the squad should go directly to South Africa. Only paceman Steve Harmison will now return to England ahead of the Cup competition. He has been given special permission because he is yet to see his newly born second daughter. England's first World Cup match is against Zimbabwe in Harare February 13.
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