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Flintoff doubtful for Twenty20 WC

Flintoff and Bopara are a major concern for England as they look forward to take part in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup.

cricket Updated: Sep 10, 2007 14:16 IST

Injuries of star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and Ravi Bopara seem to be a major concern for hosts England as it may also hamper their chances of taking part in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup starting in 10 days time.

Flintoff has been bothered by a troublesome left ankle that forced him to miss the fifth one-dayer at Headingley while Bopara dislocated his right thumb in dropping a return catch from Gautam Gambhir during the India innings on Monday. Bopara, however, had come out to bat in pain.

Both Flintoff and Bopara's fitness will be assessed tomorrow at the Oval ahead of the sixth one-dayer.

"It's a quick turnaround after the one-day series but they will both be gauged in the next couple of days and hopefully they are not as bad as they may seem at the moment," said England captain Paul Collingwood.

"Obviously the medical staff will assess them over the next couple of days and then make a decision.

"Ravi is in a little bit of pain but these things tend to be sore for 24 hours and we will assess it."

As of now, there is a question mark against both the all-rounders boarding the plane to South Africa.

First Published: Sep 03, 2007 19:20 IST