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Flintoff injury not serious

Andrew Flintoff has been cleared of any serious damage to his right wrist after copping a blow while attempting a return catch off Ricky Ponting. Flintoff was taken to hospital for a precautionary X-ray, but it was later revealed that the bruise and swelling wasn't of a serious nature, and that he would be available for the one-off Test against Australia at Sydney, which starts on October 14.

The news that Flintoff's injury is only a minor one will be a huge relief to the England camp as he is expected to be a key member of their side on the tour to Pakistan, which starts later this month. Flintoff's injury also means that two of England's Ashes stars have suffered in the field during this one-day series - Kevin Pietersen strained his hamstring during the second match on Friday, and was omitted from the final game. However, Pietersen too is expected to be fit in time for the Pakistan tour.