Coach Andy Flower is looking for England to raise their game
England coach Andy Flower says the team are "turned on" by the challenge awaiting them in the knockout phase of the tournament but must be more consistent. He warned: "There is probably an element so far that we have got out of jail a bit."
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Flower, meanwhile, is ready to leave out James Tredwell for England's next game despite the Kent off-spinner taking four wickets in the win over West Indies - his first appearance in the tournament. "If we are in a situation where we play one spinner, then it will be Swann in the team, ahead of Tredwell", he said.
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Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has no regrets about not walking when he edged to the keeper during their defeat by Pakistan. "I knew I hit it but as always I wait for the umpire to give me out. That's the way I've always played the game," he said. Ponting was eventually given out by the TV umpire but only after an angry exchange between team-mate Brad Haddin and the Pakistan players.
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New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori expects to return to action in their quarter-final against South Africa. Vettori sat out he last two games despite a knee problem. He said: "I have to be a bit brave on it, and realise I am not going to do any more damage. I just have to deal with a little bit of the pain."
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Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who will retire after the World Cup, has admitted Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara are the only batsmen who have "scared the hell" out of him during his career. "Gilchrist would simply take me on. Lara was class apart... I would be so attracted to his persona that I wouldn't know where to bowl - his body-language was just too cool."
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