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Australia tip injured Perry to make final against England

Australia's star all-rounder Ellyse Perry was tipped Saturday to take her place in the Women's World Cup

final against England despite a nagging back injury, but was unlikely to bowl, reports AFP. The Australian cricketing icon, who has achieved multiple batting and bowling firsts on the international stage, is

continuing to struggle with back spasms which sidelined her from the past two games. Following a

rigorous training session on the eve of the final on Sunday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Australia captain Meg Lanning said it was "looking pretty good" that Perry would play as a specialist batter. Australia are

aiming for a record seventh World Cup victory while defending champions England are seeking their fifth. In this tournament, Australia have maintained an unblemished record, starting with a 12-run victory over England, their closest result, and building to a 157-run walloping of the West Indies in the semifinals. It has been a rockier path for England who were on the brink of elimination after losing their first three games

before recovering to win the next five -- including a 137-run semi-final thrashing of South Africa.