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England call up Lewis as Flintoff cover

Published: Saturday, August 25, 2007, 20:52 [IST]
 
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England called up cricketer Jon Lewis on Saturday as cover for all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for the next two one-day internationals against India, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced.

Flintoff, making only his second England appearance this season after a third operation on his troublesome left ankle, suffered stiffness in his right knee while in the field during Friday's second one-day international here at Bristol where India won by nine runs to level the seven-match series at 1-1.

But that did not prevent pace bowler Flintoff, 29, from taking career-best figures of five for 56 in what was his 125th one-day international.

However, a scan Saturday revealed mild inflammation to his right knee and Flintoff was subsequently given a cortisone injection.

An ECB statement, added he would continue to be assessed by the England medical team on Sunday.

Lewis, who plays for Bristol-based Gloucestershire, will join the squad for Sunday's practice session at Edgbaston where the third one-day international is scheduled to take place on Monday.

The 31-year-old seam bowler has played 12 one-day internationals, the last against New Zealand at Adelaide in January, before the World Cup, and has taken 17 wickets at an average of 25.70.

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