Spinner Giles in injury scare

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Spinner Ashley Giles has given England an injury scare after retiring hurt shortly after the start of the dramatic tied warm-up game against Australia ahead of the ICC Knockout tournament in Kenya.

Spinner Ashley Giles has given England an injury scare after retiring hurt shortly after the start of the dramatic tied warm-up game against Australia ahead of the ICC Knockout tournament in Kenya.

The Warwickshire spinner limped off with a calf strain after catching batsman Michael Bevan.

Team medics say it will be another 24 hours before they know how serious the injury is.

His misfortune was the only blot on England's landscape after today's 14-a-side friendly at the Simba Union Ground, where the scores finished tied on 226 and Andrew Caddick was England's last man out - to an outstanding one-handed catch by Brett Lee with two balls of the 50 overs remaining.

Giles' injury apart, there was plenty to please England coach Duncan Fletcher.

All his front-line batsman have some valuable time at the crease, and although none went on to a big score - Alec Stewart's 38 was the highest - all reached double figures.

Nasser Hussain could have done without a stunning one-handed return catch from Ian Harvey to send him back for 21 just when it looked as if the captain was running into form after his long, lean run.

But he nonetheless benefited to an extent from a very useful practice match which had also seen some encouraging work from the England pace attack.

Caddick's accurate opening spell of two for 19 from seven overs was the pick of the England seam bowling on a slow wicket.

Australia chose to rest Glenn McGrath, but Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee both worked up plenty of pace to keep England on their toes.

The Aussies' 236 for nine had earlier featured another ominous half-century for captain Steve Waugh as well as a handsome 70 from Damien Martyn.

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