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Shahid Afridi doubtful for rest of Australia series

All-rounder Shahid Afridi’s calf injury may rule him out of Pakistan’s remaining matches against Australia including the only Twenty20 match next week, an official said on Saturday.

The 29-year-old twisted his foot and could only bowl seven of his allotted ten overs during Pakistan’s eight-wicket defeat against Australia in the fourth match on Friday.

Team manager Yawar Saeed said Afridi had an MRI, the results of which will come later on Saturday.

“Afridi has a calf problem and had an MRI. If, God forbid, it’s a muscle tear then he might be out for a week. We hope it’s just a cramp,” Saeed said.

The injury to Afridi is the latest blow to Pakistan who have already handed Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. The fifth and final match will be played on Sunday.

The only Twenty20 match will be played in Dubai on May 7.

Afridi took a career-best 6-38 to help Pakistan win the first match against Australia in Dubai last week.

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