LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 29 September 2009 35 Weve found a finisher in Middlesexs Morgan GROUP A P W L RR PTS PAKISTAN 2 2 0 +1.6 4 AUSTRALIA 2 1 0 +1 3 INDIA 2 0 1 -1.08 1 WEST INDIES 2 0 2 -1.5 0 GROUP B P W L RR PTS ENGLAND 2 2 0 +0.51 4 SRI LANKA 3 1 2 -0.085 2 NEW ZEALAND 2 1 1 -0.129 2 SOUTH AFRICA 3 1 2 -0.177 2 Top two teams into semis on 2/3 October. Final to be played on 5 October CHAMPIONS TROPHY RESULTS AND FIXTURES South Africa vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won by 55 runs (D/L) Pakistan vs West Indies Pakistan won by 5 wickets South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa won by by 5 wickets Sri Lanka vs England England won by 6 wickets West Indies vs Australia Australia won by 50 runs India vs Pakistan Pakistan won by 54 runs New Zealand vs Sri Lanka New Zealand won by 38 runs South Africa vs England England won by 22 runs Australia vs India No result due to rain, one point each Today: England vs New Zealand New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg Tomorrow: Australia vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion India vs West Indies New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg All games live on Sky Sports Clarke sent home with back injury AUSTRALIA vice captain Michael Clarke will miss the rest of the Champions Trophy because of a back injury. Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Clarke (below) has had lower back pain since the latter part of the one-day series in England. On arriving in South Africa the pain has intensified and he has not been able to participate in any of the teams training sessions, Kountouris said. As such Michael will return home to continue his treatment and return to playing as soon as possible. A decision on a replacement player will be made by the national selection panel and will be confirmed by the ICC. The injury is a massive blow ahead of Australias must-win match against Pakistan tomorrow. Fintoff tips Irish star to follow the likes of Thorpe and Bevan A Shah thing: Owais back to his best KPs sure hell be ready for South Africa tour KEVIN PIETERSEN has underlined his determination to make the plane for Englands tour to South Africa in November. Pietersen has suffered several setbacks in his recovery from Achilles surgery, but he has not given up hope of being fit in time for the start of a South Africa trip that will feature two Twenty20s, five ODIs and four Tests. I am trying to get as fit as possible as quick as I can, Pietersen told Sky Sports. I have had a few setbacks and I am really frustrated. It will be a couple of weeks before it totally heals over - the next 10 to 14 days - then I can start working really hard. The time scale is difficult but I will definitely be doing everything I can to get on that first plane to South Africa which is at the end of October. I might be a few days off that but I will certainly be in the Test squad. The Pietermaritzburg-born batsmen is understandably keen to play a part in the tour against a side currently heading the world Test rankings and lying third in the one- day rankings. For obvious reasons, it is a very important trip for me, said Pietersen. For the team as well after the Ashes to take the momentum forwards. ENGLAND V N ZEALAND GROUP B, 1.30PM (SS1) BY DAVID DIBBLE BY JAMES GOLDMAN Mor-some: Eoin Morgan will look to build on his reputation against the Kiwis today ANDREW FLINTOFF believes Eoin Morgan will prove to be the finisher England have lacked since the retirement of Graham Thorpe. Morgans dazzling knock of 67 from just 34 deliveries propelled Englandtotheirbesteverone-day total against South Africa on Sunday. It was an innings of maturity and brutality in equal measure andprovedtheDublin-bornsouth- paw has what it takes to prosper on the international stage. Back in May, when the 23-year- old was the surprise inclusion in Englands squad for the World Twenty20, Morgan told LiteSport he had designs on becoming our answer to Aussie legend Michael Bevan. Morgans heroics at Centurion saw him come of age in an Eng- land shirt, and he was rewarded, along with Tim Bresnan, with an incremental contract yesterday. And after receiving that nod of approval from the selectors, Flin- toff believes Morgan will go from strength to strength. Hopefully hes got that X-Fac- tor, said Flintoff, speaking at the launch of his autobiography, Ashes To Ashes. Left-handers seem to be able to finish games in one-day cricket. England had Graham Thorpe and Neil Fairbrother, while Aus- tralia had Michael Bevan for years, and now they have Mike Hussey. If Morgan could fill that void for England, he would be a great asset. He has hit a few sixes already in his one-day international career, and you can see from the way he bats that he is a bit differ- ent. He has started well. Despite being left-handed, he hits a few right-handed shots, and flicks the ball over the wicket- keeper as well, so hes an exciting prospect. The future looks rosy for the Middlesex man, but the interna- tional career of Flintoffs close pal, Steve Harmison, remains shrouded in uncertainty. Harmison is virtually certain to walk away from the international stage if he is not chosen for Eng- lands tour of South Africa this winter, with the squad to be announced at the end of the Champions Trophy. Harmisons lack of consistency with the ball and his poor form on tour in the past could per- suade the selectors to leave him behind, but Flintoff believes England would be a poorer side without the Durham man. I would always take him, said Flintoff. For the decisive Ashes Test, Englands most important game of the summer, Harmy was in the side, so thats an indication of his worth. Ive chatted to Harmy over the past few weeks, and as long as England feel they want him, Harmy will carry on. He can play a big part in South Africa. 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