Saturday 1 September 2007 

Flintoff And Zaheer Fitness Doubts For Headingley Match

Zaheer Khan and Andrew Flintoff are doubts for the fifth one-day international between India and England at Headingley, both struggling with sore ankles.

Zaheer, who has been a constant thorn in England's side throughout the summer, twisted an ankle while batting in the fourth match at Old Trafford. He was able to bowl, but in some discomfort and his absence would be a major blow for the Indians, who trail the seven-match series 3-1.

His captain Rahul Dravid, commented, "He came through fine and got through the game.

"Now it's a question of waiting and watching, seeing how it is in the morning and putting some ice on it.

"We have got a couple of days and it's a good sign for us that he went through the game and bowled.

Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), revealed that following discomfort in his left ankle, Flintoff took no part in bowling training on Saturday and his situation will be monitored pending further scans on the injury, which is not related to the knee injury he suffered earlier in the series.

England's selectors would be faced with a choice between bowler Jon Lewis or all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas as his replacement if he fails to make the next match.

© Cricket World 2007





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