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Pakistan vice-captain Salman Butt is hoping to recover from gastroenteritis in time to help rescue the home team on the third day of the opening Test against South Africa here at the National Stadium today.

“Salman Butt is still not fully well but he is on medication and hopefully would be feeling better tomorrow,” a team official told ‘The News’.

Butt had to be taken to a local hospital on Tuesday after complaining of a severe stomach problem which was later diagnosed as gastroenteritis. He was recalled from the hospital to the ground by Pakistan manager Talat Ali Malik after the hosts bowled out South Africa for 450 in the afternoon. However, Butt was still too weak to bat and the team management decided to open with wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal in his place. Akmal top scored for Pakistan with 42 on the second day but the hosts slipped to 127-5, 323 runs behind South Africa’s 450 in the first innings.

The team official said that Butt is aware how important he is to the team’s cause in this Test and added the batsman is hoping to play a role in rescuing Pakistan on the third day of the Test.

Butt was appointed as the vice-captain earlier this summer, a decision that did raise a few eyebrows as the opener was yet to cement his place in the Pakistan line-up. His poor run of form in the inaugural World Twenty20 last month only added to the criticism against him and there are chances that he might be dropped for the second Test in Lahore if he failed to get some runs in Karachi.

The team official said that Butt will come in for batting at the fall of the next Pakistani wicket. This morning, Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and tail-ender Abdul Rehman will resume Pakistan’s first innings.

Source:Cricket News

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