Tuesday, March 31, 2009

ENGLAND VS WESTINDIES 5th ODI:Pietersen, Flintoff cleared for final ODI

Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen have been cleared to rejoin England's One-day squad ahead of the final One-day international against West Indies.Both players stayed behind in Barbados Monday to have further scans on injuries sustained during Sunday's nine-wicket triumph at Kensington Oval, which set up Friday's series decider, The Guardian reports.But the tests, which were sent back to London for further examination, revealed no significant damage. They will now meet up with their teammates at their St Lucia base.Pietersen was only able to deliver five balls in Sunday's match before limping off the field with a back spasm which England feared could have ruled him out of the match.All-rounder Flintoff suffered a left thumb injury in the field and although an ultra-sound scan confirmed there was no fracture, he was sent for a further examination as a precaution.England and West Indies are locked 2-2 in the series.Meanwhile, Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas hopes victory in the fifth ODI will allow England to take some positives from their winter."It hasn't been the best of winters for the England cricket team as yet, but we've got a really huge chance Friday to turn that right around and come away with a series win in the West Indies which would be a great effort," he said.

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