Akhtar fit to play in `deciding` Rose Bowl ODI against England

London: Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has confirmed that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is fit to participate in Wednesday`s fifth ODI against England at Rose Bowl in Hampshire.

Akhtar appeared to be injured during Monday`s fourth ODI at Lord`s, and concerns were raised about his participation in the final game.

"Shoaib Akhtar will play in Wednesday`s decider at the Rose Bowl. He is not injured, and is fit to play," PakPassion.net quoted Saeed, as saying.

Pakistan has leveled the five-match series at 2-2 with a 38-run victory in the fourth ODI.

Akhtar`s role was vital in Monday`s victory, as he took the important wickets of England captain Andrew Strauss and of reputed `finisher` Eoin Morgan.

The 35-year-old has taken 232 ODI wickets in his 151 appearances for Pakistan at an impressive average of 24.2.


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