Hussain set for 2nd One-dayer against Pak

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2000, 23:15 [IST]
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Lahore: England captain Nasser Hussain faces a fitness test before the second One-day cricket international against Pakistan, but on Thursday said that he was confident of playing.Hussain, who rediscovered his form with an innings of 73 in England's five-wicket victory on Tuesday, said, ''I will have a fitness test in the afternoon, I think I will be all right for the match on Friday.''Hussain was hurt after being hit by a throw from substitute fielder Shahid Afridi.While England are likely to field the same team at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Friday as they bid to clinch the three-match series, Pakistan are considering two changes.

Pace bowler Waqar Younis is being challenged by all-rounder Azhar Mahmood and Salim Elahi could be replaced by Afridi.Pakistan captain Moin Khan said he would name the team on the morning of the match, adding, ''for us, it is going to be must-win game. England have shown that they are a strong opposition and have the ability to chase runs. ''The defeat in the first match was a sort of a wake-up call for us. We have got to bowl well and contain their batsmen.''

England overhauled Pakistan's formidable 305 to win on Tuesday, with man-of-the-match Andrew Flintoff scoring 84 off 64 balls. It was the fourth-highest match-winning total ever scored by a side batting second in a One-dayer.Hussain, however, whose team have also won practice games against a Governor's XI and Pakistan A, said, ''we can't afford to be complacent. ''Pakistan are a phenomenal team and we have to play hard to make sure that we do not let the opportunity slip.''

Match referee Barry Jarman is considering bringing the start of the match forward by half an hour after Pakistan's bowlers struggled to grip the ball at the end of Tuesday's match because of evening dew.The sides will meet for three Tests after the One-day series.(c) Reuters Limited.

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