Mark Wood declared fit for upcoming World Cup

Mark Wood declared fit for upcoming World Cup

Kevin Pietersen has heaped praise on the England team but with some frank words at the Cricket World Cup's official opening party refused to be drawn on whether they will win.

However, he felt that winning was not the only things as he said, "Part of our culture and values is that I like to think sport nowadays isn't revolved around performance". The intensity was still there but naturally there was a slight drop.

"It is extremely cool and with the World Cup it is a great thing to do". I always have my Proteas cap on my head and in my heart, but I hope we can make the last four.

He added: "It is going to bring a lot of pressure, I could chuck that stupid cliché that pressure is a privilege, but you have got to take it on and understand that the time is now for an English team to step up because we haven't won a World Cup, and it will just be wonderful for the game of cricket".

As well as Morgan´s clean bill of health, England were also boosted Monday by the news that fast bowler Mark Wood had been passed fit following fears over a possible recurrence of a longstanding left ankle injury.

After a series of injury scares in recent weeks, including his own dislocated finger, Morgan was happy to reveal the entire squad go into the competition with a green light.

Liam Dawson, who cut his finger on Saturday, has been given more time to recover.

Potential costs aside, there are, of course, other benefits to playing warm-up matches, like building the buzz around the World Cup and giving fans who were unable to buy tickets to the main event a chance to see their teams in action.

But it is easy to see how a team like England, which already has a packed schedule year-round, might just want the real deal to start, now.

"It's also about peaking at the right time when you go into a World Cup".

The 12-run loss to Australia ended an unbeaten start to the summer for the England side, taking in a one-day worldwide against Ireland and six games versus Pakistan.

Bairstow "will pass on some personal knowledge" of Rashid Khan, with whom he is more familiar than many of his countrymen as a team-mate of the Afghanistan legspinner at Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

The 35-year-old only bowled off a short run-up on Tuesday and did not bowl for long before doing some batting work.

"The South African team needs him and I could feel his pain when he wasn't initially chosen because I played between World Cups as well". We need to negate that because he will be a big threat.

"Pat's a superstar and a key player, while Mitch can bring the ball back in and rip someone's pad off".

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