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Shoaib advises Pakistan to overpower Flintoff-less England

 
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Injured paceman Shoaib Akhtar believes that Pakistan should go for the kill against an England squad that would be playing without their captain Andrew Flintoff for the rest of the summer.

Shoaib, who was in Manchester for a promotional event, said that Flintoff was England’s best player and his absence from the series should benefit Pakistan in a big way.

“Flintoff is a great player, a team man and now he is also (England) captain. All of that makes him very important for England,” he said. Flintoff was forced out of the series against Pakistan because of an ankle injury.

Shoaib believes that Flintoff tried to hasten his comeback into the England team and that aggravated his injury. “Flintoff tried too hard and that contributed to his injury,” remarked Shoaib.

He pointed out that the reason, why he was still out of the Pakistan squad, was to avoid such a major setback. “I feel myself fully fit and just want to join the team,” he said. “But it is better to be completely sure before doing that,” he explained.

Shoaib, out of the Pakistan team because of an ankle stress fracture is working on his fitness in England in a bid to return to the tourists’ Test squad. He missed the opening Test at Lord’s and is unlikely to play the second match starting here from Thursday.

However, he did not rule out making his return in the third Test at Leeds next month. “I will play a few league games and then see what to do,” said Shoaib.

However, he promised his return to international cricket, whenever it happens, would be with a bang. “I will be faster than I was before when I come back,” was his warning for England.
Source:The News

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