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  Thursday, 28 November, 2002, 07:30 GMT
Caddick given more time
Caddick in action during Thursday's net session
Caddick is struggling to overcome a back injury
England will delay naming their starting line-up for the third Test against Australia until Friday morning to allow Andy Caddick time to prove his fitness.

The Somerset fast bowler has been a major selection doubt since contracting a back spasm during England's crushing defeat in the second Test in Adelaide.

The injury-ravaged tourists are already without batsman John Crawley, who was ruled out on Thursday with a hip injury.

Caddick, meanwhile, bowled during Thursday's net session at the Waca but coach Duncan Fletcher said he would not name him unless he was convinced he would not break down again.

"Caddick is still going through a bit of a trial and we want to see how he reacts," he said.


The dilemma we've got at the moment is that we don't know what pace attack we're going to be going in with
England coach Duncan Fletcher

"It's encouraging by what we saw of him this morning, but that can be misleading and that's a decision we have to make - we have to make sure there aren't any niggles arising as he cools down.

"We may even want to see him have another bowl in the morning before the Test before we make our decision."

Should Caddick, who has taken 220 wickets in 60 Test appearances, fail to prove his fitness, Matthew Hoggard will keep his place in the side.

The Yorkshireman had looked destined for the axe after taking just one wicket in the series to date.

Durham's Steve Harmison is the only bowling certainty for the Perth Test and is likely to be joined in the starting line-up by Surrey's Alex Tudor.

Fletcher insisted he still had no idea what his bowling attack would be less than 24 hours before the third Test.

Michael Vaughan puts on his pads at the Waca
Vaughan has been cleared fit to play

He said: "The dilemma we've got at the moment is that we don't know what pace attack we're going to be going in with.

"We need to know what bowlers we've got available to us. We've even got quite a good chance of playing a spinner,"

Although Crawley has been ruled out, Michael Vaughan has been cleared fit despite concerns about his right knee and shoulder.

Vaughan's fellow opener, Marcus Trescothick, sent a scare through the England camp on Wednesday when he missed training because of a stomach bug.

But the Somerset left-hander is expected to be cleared to play.

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