England to take tomorrow's match as final, Sidebottom ruled out

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Bangalore, Nov 22 (UNI) England coach Peter Moores today admitted that his team, trailing 0-3 in the seven-match ODI series, will be under pressure to perform against India in the fourth match here tomorrow as every match from here on will be like a final.

Speaking to mediapersons on the eve of the day-night match, he said his team will have to offer its best as a loss tomorrow would mean that England lose the series.

''We desperately need a win tomorrow to get the belief and confidence back. It's a big game. We got to do it here in Bangalore.

From now on, every game will be a final from tomorrow,'' he said.

Moores further informed that left-arm speedster Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out of the tomorrow's match with a back injury.

The English coach said the left-arm swing bowler underwent a scan on his lower back to determine the extent of his injury and the reports have been sent to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

''He is definitely not playing tomorrow's game. We are hoping he will somehow get fit for the later part of the (one-day) series or for the test series,'' he said.

Sidebottom missed the first two matches due to an Achilles injury which he picked up at the start of the Stanford Twenty20 last month and underwent a scan for a back problem before the third match at Kanpur.

He said his team was getting closer to the Indians and believed it could have won the Kanpur ODI but for bad light stopping the play.

''Of course, India deserves the credit for playing very well.

Their top-order built strong partnerships, while bowlers, especially the spinners did a good job,'' he said.

Moores said the team was 'frustrated' and 'dissapointed' over the loss in the third game at Kanpur under Duckworth/Lewis method.

''This system is here to stay. But we were let down in that match as we thought the match would restart,'' he stated.

On the possibility of bad light affecting play in Guwahati as well, he said the team management had spoken to the match refree Roshan Mahanama who assured of taking necessary mesures.

''They may cut short the lunch time to ensure that Kanpur situation does not repeat,'' he said.

The English coach said all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who is yet get anything substantial in the series, will come good in the tomorrow's match.

''He is not in a bad form though he has not scored well. He was one among the three best ODI players during 2007 and a good finisher. He has a chance to score a century tomorrow,'' he said.

He said Ryan Sidebottom's absence was dissapointing and the left arm speedster, suffering from a back ailment, had returned to england. The team management was yet to think of the replacement.


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