Michael Vaughan insists he isn't about to give someone a game for the sake of getting practice as England turn their focus to Canada in their second Group C match on March 18 in St. Lucia. "We'll certainly be picking what we feel is the best XI to beat Canada," he said. "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."
Even though Canada went down to a seven-wicket defeat by Kenya on Wednesday, Vaughan said England couldn't afford to take them lightly. "It's a good thing we play again so soon. Bodies might be a little bit tired but it's sometimes the best thing to get back on the horse and play. We know the conditions here now. We just need to make sure we improve our performance and make sure we come out on Sunday night with a victory.
Despite the six-wicket defeat to New Zealand, Vaughan insisted it was too soon to write off England's chances. "How significant this is only time will tell. It's not a great start and we have to make sure we win the next two games to get into the Super Eights. But it's certainly not the end of our tournament by a long way."
Reflecting on England's middle-order collapse, Vaughan said: "We didn't get a player to an 80 or a hundred when we know that if we do that we will post a decent total. In that position of 130-odd for three with 17 overs left, we should have played a lot better, got a lot more and and put them under a lot more pressure.
"It's a disappointment and a frustration. But we were also in a position of strength when we were in the field and we couldn't capitalise on that either. Full credit to New Zealand, they put us under a lot of pressure with the ball. Shane Bond bowled very well."
James Anderson and Liam Plunkett hit back from the start, reducing New Zealand to 19 for 3, but Vaughan said England just didn't have enough runs. "With the early wickets, there was a moment when we were all thinking this could be it. But when you've got the experience of Jacob Oram and Scott Styris coming in and playing the way they did, they quite easily saw them home and over the line."