Shane Watson was ruled of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-series in Australia featuring India and England in  build up to the ICC World Cup 2015. Watson was ruled out of the match after he complained of Hamstring tightness during the net-sessions.

Watson left the training session mid-way after the hamstring-issue struck and did not bat. Australia do not want to risk aggravating the injury by playing him with the World Cup this close. There is talk that Mitchell Marsh who is himself recovering from a hamstring niggle could come in as replacement, albeit as specialist batsman.

Ian Bell emphasized on the added importance of every game with the World Cup round the corner. “Every game is important, (as) we build up towards that World Cup,” he said. He admitted that England faltered in their start against Australia in the first ODI. “We didn’t start the game great against Australia the last time, so it’ll be nice to certainly start the game well,” he added.

He sounded optimistic about England’s preparation for Mitchell Starc who contributed with timely wickets in Australia’s victories in the series over both Australia and India.