Bayliss confident Muralitharan will play quarters

Colombo: Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is expected to recover from a hamstring injury and play Saturday`s World Cup quarter-final match against England, Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said.

"I`m sure he will be fine on the game day," Bayliss told reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.

"I`m fairly confident that he will play and he is (also) pretty confident that he will play."

Muralitharan, the game`s most successful bowler both in test and one-day formats, suffered the injury during the final Group A match against New Zealand while batting.

The wily off-spinner battled through pain to pick up four wickets to propel Sri Lanka to a thumping 112-run win in that match.

England stumper Matt Prior said there would be no pressure on his team in the quarter-final match at Colombo`s R Premadasa Stadium.

"We are going to the game with no pressure really," Prior told reporters.

England tied their match against India and lost to Ireland and Bangladesh before returning from the brink of elimination to make it to the last eight.

"We haven`t played our best and we go into the quarter-finals as underdogs against the very strong Sri Lanka team," Prior said.

"We have won Ashes and winning a World Cup in a winter is something quite phenomenal and something that all these guys are trying to do. Anything short of that will be very disappointing because you haven`t won," he said, referring to England`s quest for the elusive trophy.

Bureau Report

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