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Cricket World Cup: Graeme Swann steps up recovery

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Dates: 19 February-2 April Venues: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Coverage: Highlights on BBC TV, Red Button & BBC Sport website (UK users only); Live Test Match Special commentary (BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Sport website, some games also on BBC Radio 4 LW) and live text commentary on all England matches and selected other major games; Also live on Sky Sports

Graeme Swann
Swann is a key player for England

England spinner Graeme Swann will start bowling again on Tuesday as he bids to prove his fitness for the World Cup following a knee injury.

"I'm not fully fit but I'm getting there," Swann told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I haven't had a bowl yet. I'll be doing that on Tuesday. I'm a little bit nervous about it but I should be fine."

England fly out for the tournament on Saturday and, although Tim Bresnan has declared himself fit, Eoin Morgan is still a doubt with a broken finger.

Seam bowler Bresnan tore a calf muscle in the second one-day international against Australia in January and was forced to sit out the rest of the series.

"I am all right to play," the 25-year-old told the BBC's Sportsweek. "I am back running which is a good sign."

England open their World Cup campaign against Holland on 22 February, with Morgan the main injury concern after a fractured finger on his left hand ruled him out of Sunday's final one-dayer with Australia.

Morgan's injury is the latest in a series of problems that have affected England's limited-overs squad, but at least Bresnan's recovery provides some relief for their overworked medical staff.

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Bresnan returned to the UK for treatment after suffering his injury in Hobart on 21 January during the match that Australia won to lead 2-0 in the six-match series.

Stuart Broad has only recently returned to Australia after going home during the Ashes series with a stomach muscle injury.

Bresnan, who took 11 wickets in two Tests to help England retain the Ashes with a 3-1 victory, was delighted to be available for the World Cup opener against Holland in Nagpur.

And despite their current stuttering form in Australia in the shorter format, he was buoyant about England's chances in the tournament, which will be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"If we put in the performances we know we can and we get the players fully fit, then we've got a really good chance," he said.

"These one-day games [in Australia] are no reflection on how well we will get on at the World Cup.

"We've got a good chance with players coming back to fitness and there will be a break after the one-day series."

Middlesex's Steve Finn has remained with the squad in Australia to provide pace bowling cover.

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see also
England tour ends in heavy defeat
06 Feb 11 |  England
Injured Morgan replaced by Bopara
08 Feb 11 |  England
Injury forces Bresnan to fly home
23 Jan 11 |  England
Aussie run chase shocks England
02 Feb 11 |  England
Shahzad and Tremlett to fly home
02 Feb 11 |  England
Strauss angry after England slump
30 Jan 11 |  England
England collapse to series defeat
30 Jan 11 |  England
Pietersen buoyed despite injuries
29 Jan 11 |  England
Trott ton sets up England victory
26 Jan 11 |  England
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