Eng double trouble: Vaughan injury, Trescothick form

Published: Monday, February 24, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban: England has a double trouble at hand and it concerns injury scare to celebrated opener Michael Vaughan and poor form of Marcus Trescothick. Trescothick and Vaughan are world class openers but they are keeping England worried ahead of a critical Group 'A' match against India on different counts. Vaughan is doubtful for Wednesday's day-night game after a suspected right calf strain sustained during the team's victory over Pakistan at Cape Town last Saturday. England batsman Michael Vaughan was sent for a scan on his injured calf here on Monday two days before the crucial World Cup match against India at Kingsmead.

England captain Nasser Hussain still has a stiff neck problem but this is not expected to rule the Madras-born batsman out of Wednesday's match. "At this stage we're reasonably confident he will play, but we will have a clearer idea on Tuesday," an England spokesman said. "We have not been able to practise outdoors today because of rain although a few players did spend some time training indoors." He was given a treatment during his innings and was removed from fielding duties as Pakistan was shot out for a lowly 134 in reply to England's 246. Trescothick, lately, has suffered a form slump, his confidence is low and he hardly appears a batsman who was scoring heavily against Sri Lanka and India last season.

Former England captain Mike Gatting believes Trescothick's shoulder injury just before the tour to Australia last winter is the reason behind his falling form. "The shoulder injury cramped his style. The failure to get the hands quickly and bring the bat down quite straight are handicaps," Gatting said. England needs either Vaughan or Trescothick to come good in its remaining games against India and Australia because Paul Collingwood, its batting star in the game against Pakistan, has the game and temperament to build on its efforts. Vaughan sounded confident of what he could contribute in England' efforts and even expressed his keenness if captaincy was to come his way after the World Cup.

"At present I'm just concentrating on my batting. It's my first World Cup which is a fantastic occasion. I'm determined to go out and enjoy it. But if after the end of the tournament, or in a year's time, the job becomes available then obviously I'd like my name to be mentioned but for now I'm just happy to carry on playing," Vaughan said. Trescothick and Mark Butcher have also been mooted as future England captains and Vaughan believes there will be fierce competition when Hussain does quit eventually.

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