Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Injuries May Force England to Call Up Cook

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Injuries May Force England to Call Up Cook

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

ENGLAND may be forced to summon reinforcements to India with Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen both under treatment for injuries.

Add Paul Collingwood's stiff back to the casualty list and the tourists are down to four fit frontline batsmen tonight with the First Test against India only six days away.

The recurrence of Vaughan's knee injury is particularly worrying because less than three months have passed since he underwent surgery.

The captain missed the opening Test of the series in Pakistan before Christmas after his right knee gave way.

On that occasion, England called up Essex batsman Alastair Cook as cover, and the youngster cannot be far away from getting another emergency call now.

Cook is at present in the West Indies, playing for the A team, and he began his tour of the Caribbean by scoring a century in Antigua earlier this week.

Vaughan looked to have got through last weekend's warm-up game in Mumbai without any problems. But England spokesman Andrew Walpole said today: "Michael has been experiencing soreness in his right knee since the first practice match.

"He will continue to have treatment and we remain hopeful he will be fit for the First Test."

While Vaughan looked on, England made a less-than-impressive start to their final three-day warm-up game, sliding to 72 for four against a strong President's XI. …

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