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All good: Eoin Morgan is back after dislocating his finger
All good: Eoin Morgan is back after dislocating his finger

By Rory Dollard

Eoin Morgan will take to the golf course today content that everything is in place for England to start their World Cup campaign in peak condition.

The England captain was a bystander as the tournament hosts cantered to victory in their final warm-up match, bowling Afghanistan out for 160 then knocking off the runs in under 18 overs.

Morgan was part of the winning team after recovering from a dislocated finger, but he opted against fielding and was not required with the bat as Jason Roy's 89 not out saw the side home for the loss of one wicket.

Factor in an all-clear for paceman Mark Wood, who has been passed fit following a scare over his troublesome left ankle, and preparations are looking bright.

Morgan revealed he intended to play "a lot of golf" on his day off and cut a satisfied figure.

"We have felt ready the last week or so, even if we didn't play these warm-up games," he said.

"I was very happy with the preparation. When you play as convincingly as that, it builds confidence in the hard work you've done both in training and in the game, and the other side of it is that it gives us the afternoon and evening to switch off.

"Everyone is going to feel that anticipation and excitement of playing the first game and it will be different than any other day, and I will be encouraging guys to embrace it."

As for the good news on both his and Wood's fitness, Morgan added: "It's the best possible news with both of them. With Woody being a fast bowler it's inevitable we would have injuries but to come back with the scan as clear as it could be is great, so we are all ready."

Worries over Wood's condition were inevitable but the Durham man insisted he was calm.

"I wasn't worried about the scan because I knew it was precautionary," he said. "I probably could have carried on bowling but I didn't want to take any risks with it."

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