Women's World Cup, South Africa, 2005 March 27, 2005

Brindle in doubt for India clash

Cricinfo staff

Arran Brindle may miss England's World Cup match against India on Monday after suffering from an undisclosed illness. Brindle, 23, received medical attention and England will have to wait to see if she is ready for the top-of-the-table clash.

She and captain Clare Connor lifted England to success against Ireland with a 128-run partnership after they had been in some trouble. England now lead the table after three rounds: they and India are both undefeated and they each have 15 points, but England have the superior run rate.

Mithali Raj believes the key to India's success would be taking early wickets. "Our bowlers will target the England openers," India's captain Raj told BBC Sport, "as we've seen they give them a good start.

"The main aim is to get early wickets and put pressure on their batting order. Our pace bowlers are getting us early breakthroughs, but the spinners are definitely our trump card."