Pain-free and fully root-canalled, England badminton star Anthony Clark returned to the court this morning to play his part in the mixed team’s demolition of Mauritius and guarantee their place in Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Clark spent what should have been some valuable down-time on England’s rest day with another visit to the private Delhi dentist who gave him emergency treatment between his 99th and 100th international on Monday.

The 33-year-old from Leicester returned to complete the dental work yesterday and was back on court for his 101st cap with Chris Adcock this morning as the two left-handers wasted little energy in beating the Mauritian men’s doubles partnership in two sets.

Indeed, England won the tie 5-0 without losing a single set as Rajiv Ouseph in the men’s singles, Liz Cann, women’s singles, Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou, women’s doubles, and Adcock and Gabby White, mixed doubles, all triumphed without trouble.

England play Canada at 19:00 this evening to determine their place in the pool. Another victory will see them top the group with the quarters beckoning.