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England will make last-minute calls on fitness of Malan and Mark Wood

England will make last-minute calls on the fitness of Malan and Mark Wood as they look to spoil the party in Thursday’s 20-20 World Cup semi-final against India, Jos Buttler has said.

The world’s two top-ranked sides will clash at the Adelaide Oval for a place in Sunday’s final at the MCG against either Pakistan or New Zealand.

England are sweating over the availability of batsman Malan and paceman Wood.

“We will see how they move up. We try to give them as long as possible,” skipper Buttler said on Wednesday.

“Dawid was out the other day with a little niggle, Woody had a bit of stiffness. We trust the medical team, we trust the two guys too.”

Number three Malan injured his groin in England’s last Super12 match against Sri Lanka and could be replaced by Phil Salt.

Buttler knows that an India side that has batsmen Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in scintillating form will have strong support in Adelaide, as they have done throughout the World Cup.

“We’re all very excited about the game, in my opinion one of the best stadiums in the world against a brilliant Indian team who I’m sure will be well supported tomorrow,” Buttler said.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity and these are the times you want to be involved as a player.”

Buttler also knows that those Indian fans will be hoping for a win to set up a mammoth final against arch-rivals Pakistan.

“We certainly don’t want an India-Pakistan final,” added the batsman-wicketkeeper, who took over the England white-ball captaincy from Eoin Morgan earlier this year.

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“So we try to do what we can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

AFP story with additional input by Global Village Space news desk.

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