Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann expected to recover in time for West Indies match
England are confident captain Andrew Strauss and key spinner Graeme Swann will recover from their stomach upsets in time to face West Indies in their must-win World Cup Group B match.
Both players had to miss practice this morning, the latest to suffer in a part of the world where stomach troubles can be an occupational hazard for western visitors.
England can ill afford any injury or illness-enforced absences to anyone for Thursday's fixture, which is almost certain to determine whether they reach the knockout stages.
Strauss and Swann are two of their frontline personnel, but team-mate Jonathan Trott today indicated they are expected to be healthy again in time.
Similar hopes were dashed earlier in this tournament when Stuart Broad - who later had to fly home because of a side strain - had to miss England's defeat against Ireland because of illness in Bangalore.
Trott himself and Paul Collingwood have since succumbed to similar discomfort. But both are on the mend, and it is hoped the same will also soon be true of Strauss and Swann.
"They're two key players and would be in anybody's team," said Trott, who has been a model of consistency for an otherwise unpredictable England with four half-centuries in five innings.
"I'm pretty confident they will be all right.
"These things are normally 24 or 48 hours. I could give you a better idea tomorrow if they train."
As for his own illness, more cold than stomach upset, he said: "It's one of those things.
"You go from sweating on the field into cold air con and stuff like that.
"I'm not 100% today but I should be tomorrow."
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