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Kevin: We won't lie about fitness; STANFORD: England win warm-up despite sickness bug.

Byline: Richard Gibson in Antigua

ENGLAND captain Kevin Pietersen insists his players will be honest about their health for this weekend's EUR20million showdown after a warm-up victory disrupted by illness.

Pietersen's team overcame the effects of a stomach bug sweeping through their camp to win a nerve jangler against Trinidad & Tobago by one run.

With such financial riches at stake for England's final match of the Stanford Super Series, however, there might be a temptation for players to declare themselves fit when not 100 per cent.

But Pietersen, who top scored with 44, has begun to get irked by the money questions surrounding this match.

"They will be honest, I am not going to take people on the park who are not fit to play for England," he said.

"It is like any other game.

"Yes, it's a lot of dosh but the longer this week goes on the more I want to get it over with really."

His team were given perfect preparation for a tight finish by Champions Cup winners Trinidad, who required eight off three balls and three off the last.

Ravi Rampaul sliced to third man and was run out by Owais Shah's throw coming back for a second, which would have sealed a tie and sent the contest into a Stanford Super Over - effectively a one-over play-off starting from scratch.

"It was a good game of cricket," said Pietersen.

"We definitely thought we had enough but we have got four guys sick at the hotel and another couple who are not well tonight.

"Andrew Flintoff is on his last legs, so it is just a case of getting the boys right for Saturday now. The lads are just not feeling special at the moment.

"But I am sure there will be not many missing the bus on Saturday."


NERVE JANGLING... captain Kevin Pietersen celebrates the fall of a wicket with Matt Prior, as Steve Harmison looks on.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Oct 29, 2008
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