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    Anwar Fit For Final

    Pakistan's in-form batsman Saeed Anwar has declared himself fit to face Australia in Sunday's World Cup final showdown at Lord's.

    Anwar gave Pakistan a scare when he missed Friday's practice session in the nursery end nets with a throat infection.

    His absence would have been a massive blow with Anwar having hit a rich vein of form via
    successive centuries against Zimbabwe in the Super Six and New Zealand in Wednesday's
    semi-final at Old Trafford.

    He registered his 17th one-day hundred against the Kiwis, a figure only bettered in limited-overs internationals by India star Sachin Tendulkar with 22. But Anwar came through a lengthy net session at Lord's on Saturday morning with no ill effects.

    Pakistan chairman of selectors Wasim Bari said: "He did have a throat problem which meant he couldn't train on Friday but he is fine now which is good news because he is a class act who has hit top form."

    Skipper Wasim Akram added: "It's good he is fit because he is one of the world's best players and to have him in the side is a blessing.

    "In all honesty he has looked good in every game in the World Cup even when he was only
    getting 20s and 30s early on in the competition. I told him not to worry about not getting the big scores because he was not having any luck and that would eventually change."

    Pakistan look set to make one change from the side which demolished New Zealand by nine
    wickets. Yousuf Youhana is expected to earn a recall after recovering from the hamstring injury which has ruled him out of the last three matches.

    Australia are also poised to make one change from the side which pipped South Africa for a final place in Thursday's gripping clash at Edgbaston. Damien Martyn looks set to get the nod for the number four batting slot ahead of Darren Lehmann, who has scored only 123 runs in eight innings.


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