Graeme Swann is out of the one-day series with Australia with a back injury but is expected to be fit for the start of the World Cup next month.
Swann will fly home from the Australia tour on Wednesday because of a lower back strain.
England, who trail 3-0 in the series, had already been forced to cope without Swann for two matches after the 31-year-old suffered a bruised kneecap.
“It’s frustrating but the priority for me now is the World Cup,” said Swann.
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You might have thought there could have been nothing more inappropriate and dispiriting at the highest level of sport than the huddle of whiplashed Aussies turning their back on Alastair Cook‘s exit after his latest epic, record-smashing knock.
Unfortunately, there was, at least for those of us who believe that if technology in cricket is never going to impart infallible justice it is an immeasurable improvement on what we had before.
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Alastair Cook admits England’s confidence has taken a hit following the defeat in Perth but has backed the tourists to respond immediately in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.
Australia levelled the Ashes at 1-1 with a comprehensive triumph at the WACA, where England were skittled for 187 and 123 on a lively pitch.
Cook, who made scores of 235 not out and 148 in the opening two Tests, does not expect any repeat in Melbourne, despite the expectation of another seamer-friendly surface.
“As a batting unit, we took a little bit of a confidence hit in this game,” he said.
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Build pressure with the ball by bowling as a unit
The Australian seamers made sure that the pressure was never off the England batsmen. Although Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris took all but two of the wickets between them, Ben Hilfenhaus conceded barely two runs per over from 31 overs, bowling dry as they call it. After an initial poor spell Jimmy Anderson improved and Chris Tremlett was excellent throughout. But Steve Finn conceded almost a run a ball. England’s whole bowling strategy for this series has been based on incisive use of the new ball and disciplined attritional bowling thereafter. For Melbourne they will need to get back to that approach.
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