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Waugh won't spare injury-hit England

By Michael Crutcher 29/11/2002 05:37:48 AM Comments (0)

Australian captain Steve Waugh has no sympathy for injury-plagued England as the tourists try to keep the Ashes series alive in the third Test in Perth.

England will name its team this morning, awaiting a final fitness report on fast bowler Andrew Caddick (back).

Batsman John Crawley has already been ruled out with a hip problem, continuing England's woes which have included the losses of fast bowlers Darren Gough and Simon Jones and spinner Ashley Giles.

Australia's only injury concern has been opening batsman Matthew Hayden, but he has been passed fit to play as Australia's tries to wrap up its eighth consecutive Ashes series.

"We've had Matthew Hayden under a fitness cloud and you're always going to go into games with players under fitness clouds," Waugh said.

"Sometimes, you just have to go out there and play.

"I don't know what is happening in the England camp but, if they've got 11 fit players and they're playing for their country, that's all that counts.

"It doesn't matter who is not playing, it matters who is playing."

Australia has extra motivation to wrap up the series in Perth before a small break for the opening matches in the triangular one-day tournament.

The Ashes series will resume in Melbourne on Boxing Day and Waugh would like the series to be decided by then after Australia won the opening Tests by 384 runs and an innings and 51 runs.

"We go out to win every Test we play and 3-0 would be a great result," he said.

"It's still hard to win a Test match. People take it for granted sometimes that it's just another Test match win but when you lose one like we did a couple of times in India, you realise that it is a special thing to win a Test match and it shouldn't be taken for granted.

"We work hard. We're the fittest side going around, we're the most disciplined and I think we train the best.

"It doesn't happen overnight by accident and if we slacken off in any of those facets we'll fall back to the field pretty quickly. "

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