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Match against Canada should get the campaign going for the Englishmen

Gros Islet (St. Lucia): England won't have much time to dwell on its six-wicket defeat to New Zealand as it plays Canada on Sunday.

And that suits England captain Michael Vaughan just fine.

"It's a good thing we play again so soon," Vaughan said after Friday's opening loss to the Black Caps.

"Bodies might be a little bit tired but it's sometimes the best thing to get back on the horse," he said.

Canada might be the best opponent for a confidence booster it lost by seven wickets to Kenya in Group C's opening match on Wednesday, with captain John Davison finding few positives.

Batting worries

England will be concentrating on improving its batting. Only Kevin Pietersen (60) scored a half-century, and he looked annoyed after he spooned a shot from New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond into the hands of James Franklin at long-on.

"He was obviously frustrated and disappointed because I think he fancied three figures and a big score in his first World Cup game," Vaughan said.

Vaughan also said that the best team would be picked for Sunday's game.

"We'll certainly be picking what we feel is the best XI to beat Canada. There'll be no thought of playing players just to get practice. We need to win the game and make sure we get our World Cup campaign off and running."

Vaughan said he was not bothered by his hamstring after the New Zealand match, and fast bowler James Anderson took two for 39 despite playing with strapping on his right hand after breaking his little finger on Wednesday.

England bowlers Monty Panesar and Jamie Dalrymple could be in for a treat as Canada was troubled by Kenya's spin attack in its opening loss. Canada has also been working on its running between wickets, which Davison described as "embarrassing" against Kenya.

Canada will again look for its opening batsman Geoff Barnett to provide a sound start Barnett hit 41 off 50 balls with nine boundaries against the Kenyans.

Fast bowler Anderson Cummins returned to high-level international cricket by taking one for 32 against Kenya and Canada will rely on his experience against England. The 40-year-old Cummins played for the West Indies at the 1992 World Cup.

Canada's only injury doubt is bowler Qaiser Ali, who didn't take to the field against Kenya because of a sore back.

The teams (from):

England: Michael Vaughan (capt.), Ed Joyce, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Jamie Dalrymple, Paul Nixon, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Monty Panesar, Jon Lewis, Sajid Mahmood, Ravi Bopara and Andrew Strauss.

Canada: John Davison (capt.), Ashish Bagai, Geoffrey Barnett, Umar Bhatti, Ian Billcliff, Desmond Chumney, Austin Codrington, George Codrington, Anderson Cummins, Sunil Dhaniram, Ashif Mulla, Henry Osinde, Abdool Samad, Kevin Sandher and Qaiser Ali.

Umpires: Field: Billy Doctrove and Peter Parker; TV: Asad Rauf;

Match referee: Jeff Crowe. AP

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