Chennai, Mar 15: England have received a major scare ahead of their do-or-die match against the West Indies on March 17 at Chennai. Skipper Andrew Strauss and spinner Graeme Swann are down and uncertain of being in the playing XI in the crucial tie on which their future in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 hinges.
Media reports state that the two players have been laid low by stomach upsets. However the reports also state that they are expected to be fit for the all important match on Mar 17 against the West Indies.
England have had a chequered World Cup so far. While they have managed to beat tournament favourites South Africa in a cliffhanger and also held India to a tie, they have also lost to minnows Ireland and Bangladesh, thus putting their future in the tournament in jeopardy. The other match that they won was against Netherlands.
England are now on five points with only one match left. As things stand now they are certain to miss out on a berth in the knock-out stages unless South Africa beat both Ireland and Bangladesh and England win their tie against the West Indies.
Their inconsistent campaign has also been worsened further after two of their prove match-winners Kevin Pietersen and Stuart Broad returned home due to injuries.