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Warm-up to be reviewed after Denly hobbles off

ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss says his side may now consider banning playing football as a warm-up after Joe Denly became the second injury casualty in the space of a month.<br /><br />Kent opener Denly hurt his left knee in a collision with team-mate Owais Shah on the outfield at The Oval yesterday ahead of today&rsquo;s one-day international with Australia.<br /><br />Denly was rushed to hospital for a scan to determine the extent of the injury but the 23-year-old is now a major doubt for today&rsquo;s clash, and maybe even beyond.<br /><br />The incident came just four weeks after wicketkeeper Matt Prior suffered a back spasm playing football in the build-up to the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley, prompting Strauss to explain the reason behind the pre-match routine.<br /><br />&ldquo;The reason we&rsquo;ve played football in the past is because it&rsquo;s something the guys enjoy and it&rsquo;s a good way of getting the blood flowing,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />&ldquo;We feel that, if it&rsquo;s played sensibly, the chance of someone getting injured is very slight. Unfortunately it&rsquo;s happened today and if people are going to get injured playing it, then we&rsquo;ll have to have a look at it. Up until this stage we&rsquo;ve never had anyone missing any cricket through playing it, but this looks as if he Denly might well miss tomorrow&rsquo;s game at the least.<br /><br />&ldquo;You&rsquo;d like to think the players would be sensible enough in the warm-up not to take it too far &ndash; I think they did today and so we are definitely going to have to look at it.<br /><br />&ldquo;When we do play football in the morning we have a &lsquo;no tackling&rsquo; rule but I&rsquo;m not sure it was heeded today.&rdquo;