England keep firepower under wraps for World Cup clash with Black Caps | Simon Burnton

Before Tuesday’s crunch match with New Zealand, a calm air surrounds England, with Ben Stokes taking it slow and steady

A day out from the game that could either all but end or completely redefine their tournament, against New Zealand at the Gabba on Tuesday, there was no fizzle of excitement around England’s training camp, no sense of nervousness or growing anticipation. If anything it leaned the other way: some of the batters barely batted, many of the bowlers barely bowled and everyone seemed to spend a fair proportion of their time sitting down.

As ever on this tour the session was optional and though on this occasion all the players opted in they were free to decide what to work on.

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