Joe Root stressed the need for England to remain calm under what is certain to be a red-hot atmosphere when England take on India at Edgbaston on Sunday.
India, on the other hand, are now the only undefeated team remaining and appear perfectly placed to sail serenely through to the knockout stage.
A heavyweight clash between the two pre-tournament favourites was always likely to rouse emotions, but the combination of England’s predicament, coupled with the expectation of a majority pro-Indian crowd is anticipated to create a cauldron-like atmosphere.
“I personally think we have to be very calm about how we approach the next couple of games because the games themselves might get quite emotional, especially with the atmosphere at Edgbaston,” said Root.
“I strongly believe we are more than capable of qualifying for the semi-finals – when that happens it doesn’t really matter how you get there, that’s when the tournament really starts to kick in.
“It is almost like we see these two games as quarter-finals, which in a way should serve us really well.
“You still have to win big games at some stage in the tournament if you are going to go on and win it. Ours have just come a bit sooner than expected.
“It would be silly to sit and mope about that and get all caught up in it – we have two opportunities now to go and qualify. If we embrace the challenge that is in front of us and play anywhere near our potential, we are more than capable of getting in the semis.”
Hales lost his place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad after news of a second failed test for recreational drugs.
The Warwickshire all-rounder is one on 18 bowlers to be selected for personalised practice.
The West Indies are due to arrive on these shores first this summer.
Broad took part in an individual training session at Trent Bridge.
Clare Connor suggested England are considering hosting a Women’s Tri-Series also involving India and South Africa.
The designated bowlers, whose identitites have not been confirmed, will have their temperatures checked.
The ECB had planned to introduce 40 professional contracts this summer across eight regional hubs.
County are waiting on a decision.
The Somerset bowler last month opened up about his mental health struggles and he discussed the topic further with Marcus Trescothick on Zoom.