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Aussies relax ahead of England showdown

By Greg Buckle 04/04/2007 05:49:41 AM Comments (0)

Australia's cricketers will have a final day of sightseeing, golf and rest on Wednesday before the squad resumes preparations on Thursday for Sunday's World Cup Super Eights clash against England.

Unbeaten in five games, the 15-man squad was given three days off following last Saturday's 10-wicket win over Bangladesh.

The only hiccup for Ricky Ponting's side has been the left calf-muscle strain suffered by key all-rounder Shane Watson against Bangladesh.

The 25-year-old Queenslander is having intensive physio treatment in a bid to return to the side before the semi-finals on April 24-25.

Watson said on Tuesday he was determined to continue as an all-rounder despite a growing list of injuries caused by the demands of bowling fast.

"The majority of bowlers do get injuries. It is part and parcel of the beast of being a bowler but I'm never ever going to stop because I absolutely love it," Watson said.

"If was 30 or 31 and things were continuing to happen like this, yeah then there's probably the time to worry."

England play Sri Lanka in Antigua on Wednesday (11.30pm start AEST) with world No.1 ranked batsman Kevin Pietersen facing an interesting duel with off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan after on Tuesday describing the spinner as a harder bowler to face than Shane Warne.

The comment is the latest in an ongoing war of words between recently retired Test world record-holder Warne and Pietersen, who are Hampshire team-mates but were bitter rivals in last summer's Ashes series.

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