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by Andrew Wood Thursday 16 October 2014
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez has recovered from a hand injury and is fit enough to play in the two-Test series against Australia.
Hafeez split the webbing on his left hand before the start of the limited overs series and needed five stitches.
He was ruled out of the Twenty20 International and the three One-Day Internationals - all of which Australia won - but has been given a clean bill of health ahead of the Test series.
The opening Test begins on 22nd October in Dubai.
After training in Pakistan for three days, Hafeez is "ready to play" according to Dr. Sohail Saleem, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) General Manager, Sports Medicine.
"In my opinion he is ready to play," he said.
"It is however advised that he should use support while bowling and fielding for the next few days."
Hafeez has played 36 Tests for Pakistan, but was not selected for either of the two Tests in Sri Lanka in August.
His last appearance was the second Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai, where he scored 21 and one during a nine-wicket defeat.
Pakistan included Hafeez in a 19-man provisional Test squad which will be trimmed to a 15-man squad later this week.
The news is nevertheless a boost for Pakistan, who are already missing fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan and spinner Saeed Ajmal through suspension.
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