Vaughan doubtful for India tie due to right calf strain

Published: Monday, February 24, 2003, 0:19 [IST]
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Durban: England's premier batsman Michael Vaughan could miss Wednesday's key World Cup match against India due to a right calf strain, team officials said on Sunday.

Vaughan did not field after making a fluent half-century during the 112-run win over Pakistan at Cape Town on Saturday night, and later had the calf iced. "Vaughan is a concern. He will be continue to have treatment and will be assessed in 24 hours," said England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) spokesman Andrew Walpole.

England, with three wins in as many games after forfeiting its match against Zimbabwe, must defeat either India or Australia to stay in contention for a place in the Super Sixes. Vaughan, England's most prolific run-getter in the past one year, missed a Test series in Pakistan in 2000 with a torn right calf muscle. Besides Vaughan, skipper Nasser Hussain's stiff neck is also a cause for concern even though he played against Pakistan.

"It feels very average," said the skipper glumly when asked how the neck felt. Despite those worries, Paul Collingwood, who hit an unbeaten 66 on Saturday, said the confidence in the squad is high ahead of the day-night match against India at Kingsmead. "It was a massive game and winning was a massive lift for everyone in the squad," said Collingwood. "The morale in Australia was always good and it's even better now. That should stand us in good stead to face India." Copyright AFP 2001

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