Durban: England batsman Michael Vaughan's scan on his injured right calf on Monday revealed no major damage two days before the crucial World Cup match against India at Kingsmead. Vaughan, Test cricket's leading run scorer in 2002, sustained a right calf strain during Saturday's comprehensive 112-run win against Pakistan in Cape Town.
He did not field at Newlands and subsequently received ice treatment. Two ultrasound and MRI scans at a Durban hospital were clear, but Vaughan will continue to receive "intensive treatment" ahead of Wednesday's day-night clash, an England statement said. Vaughan is due to practise with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and England said its medical staff was "hopeful" that the Yorkshire batsman would be fit for the crunch game. Both sides have three wins from four games in Group 'A' which also includes defending champions Australia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, besides minnows Namibia and the Netherlands.
The match also represents a chance for England to bury memories of last year's triangular series final at Lord's where brilliant batting from Indian youngsters Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif denied Hussain's men what seemed certain victory. Paul Collingwood, England's batting hero against Pakistan with a composed 66 not out, is one who cannot wait for the India game. "We need to get into the Super Six, and it's a massive game again on Wednesday, so we have to put another performance in like that," he said. "That's what we're here for: to get into the Super Six and go further." Copyright AFP 2001