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Bowling woes to haunt England at Champions Trophy

Bowling woes to haunt England at Champions Trophy

by AFP | Cricket | 04th Jun 2013
Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad

Southampton: With injuries likely to rule out two of its premier fast bowlers in Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, England will have to go back to the drawing board to reformulate its strategy for the Champions Trophy 2013.

The duo are yet to be ruled out of Wednesday's third and final one-day international against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, having missed the defeats at Lord's and Southampton.

After Sunday's 86-run humbling loss at Southampton, England captain Alastair Cook was unsure whether the two seamers would be fit for Saturday's Champions Trophy opener against Australia at Edgbaston.

England is also going to be without Tim Bresnan, who is on leave for the imminent birth of his first child.With Chris Woakes and Jade Dernbach, England's auxillary oace bowlers being hit all round the park in the last game against New Zealand, it is likely that England will have to rely almost entirely on James Anderson and off-spinner, Graeme Swann.

However, Cook dismissed talk of England being a limited ODI side in Broad and Finn's absence.      

"I think that would be doing a disservice to the other 13 guys in the squad," he said.

"Clearly, you take two premier bowlers out of anyone's side, and it's going to hurt the side. You might have to change the way you play. We might have just learnt that."

England have played the same side in both defeats against New Zealand, which saw them give up a four-year unbeaten record in home ODI series, and Cook conceded changes, which might see the likes of James Tredwell played as a second spinner, could take place in Nottingham.

"We haven't deserved to win these matches," said Cook. "It would make sense to have a look at our options. We've stuck with the same XI, and been outplayed."

By contrast, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, still waiting to find out if veteran spinner Daniel Vettori will be able to return from a longstanding Achilles injury, said going for a one-day series whitewash over England would trump the need to give squad players match time ahead of the Champions Trophy.

"I don't see a rotation of players. A 3-0 win would probably be as good as it gets," he said after two wins achieved on the back of hundreds by Martin Guptill, including the opener's national record 189 not out at Southampton.

"So we'll be doing whatever we can to continue the momentum we've built up - and our selections will reflect that."