England received a boost on the eve of the T20 World Cup final when Mark Wood and Dawid Malan stepped up their training involvement significantly, potentially putting them back in contention for the match against Pakistan – particularly if bad weather forecast pushes the start to Monday afternoon.

Wood, who suffers from a hip injury, and Malan, who suffers from a sprained groin, both missed Thursday’s game. semi-final victory against India and had looked extremely unlikely to regain fitness in time for the final. On Saturday, Jos Buttler wasn’t exactly encouraging about their chances: “They’re both improving,” he said. “Of course, it hasn’t been too many days since they weren’t fit enough for the semi-final, but we’ll give them every chance we can.”

When England began their training session 90 minutes later, Wood and then Malan were put through individual running drills on the MCG’s outdoor pitch, away from the main group. But when the players moved towards the net, Wood was able to play at almost full pace while Malan had an extended hitting session with no apparent discomfort.

On Saturday evening, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology estimated the chance of rain in Melbourne on Sunday to be 100%, with “the risk of a thunderstorm, possibly severe with heavy falls”. England’s selection will not only depend on when the match starts, but also how long it is likely to last, with organizers able to reduce it to just 10 overs per team if significant time is lost.

“We’ve been so fluid and so flexible and we’ve tried to really stay in the moment and adapt to what’s presented to us,” Chris Jordan said. “If it’s a shortened game, I’m sure the creative heads will come together and decide what our best course of action will be – but I can guarantee that every member of this squad is ready to step in at a moment’s notice. “

Jordan entered the squad for the semi-final and is expected to retain his spot if Wood is not fit to play. He is in daily contact with Jofra Archer – “As everyone knows he is my family”, said Jordan – and, if this final were to end in a super, he would like to follow his great friend, who made work at the 2019 50+ World Cup Finaltaking the ball.

“I scored the first super for England in international cricket [against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2015]and I played another one in Auckland [against New Zealand in 2019] too,” he said. “I have a 100% record so far and I want to maintain it.”

Sad news for the team with the announced death of David English at the age of 76. The actor and cricket enthusiast who wrote the Bunbury Tails, about rabbits playing the sport, funded Bunbury Schools festivals which were attended by dozens of future internationals. . These include Ben Stokes and Buttler, who tweeted: “So sad to hear the news of the passing of David English. One of life’s great characters, such fun to spend time with and producer of some of England’s finest cricketers through its wonderful Bunbury Festivals.