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Injured Flintoff ruled out of fourth Test

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  • England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff to miss the fourth Test against West Indies
  • Flintoff has muscle strain in his right hip which got worse during the third Test
  • The injury is latest in a long line of injuries which have plagued Flintoff's career
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(CNN) -- England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will miss the fourth cricket Test against West Indies in Barbados next week through injury.

Flintoff's injury problems have returned, forcing him to miss the fourth Test against West Indies in Barbados.

Flintoff's injury problems have returned, forcing him to miss the fourth Test against West Indies in Barbados.

Flintoff, 31, has a muscle strain in his right hip and will now be reassessed over the coming days.

He will remain on the tour in the hope that he can prove his fitness for the series finale in Trinidad and the one-day campaign which follows.

"I am obviously very disappointed to miss the Test match and I will be taking the advice of the England medical team that is out here," Flintoff told PA Sport.

The England management team hope that rest will aid Flintoff's recovery from his latest injury setback. Next Thursday's penultimate match of the series will be the 53rd Test that he has missed, the vast majority through injury, since making his debut in 1998.

Flintoff had an anti-inflammatory injection in his troublesome hip midway through the drawn Test in Antigua. He continued to bowl thereafter, including a stint on the final day as England failed to secure victory by the narrowest of margins, and was dispatched for a scan upon arrival in Barbados on Friday.

Flintoff only began the Test series after recovering from a left side strain incurred in the opening week of the current tour.

Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera both hit hundreds to lead Sri Lanka to 406-3 on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Karachi.

Jayawardene is unbeaten on 136 -- his 25th Test hundred -- while Samaraweera is 130 not out for his eighth ton after the tourists won the toss and decided to bat.

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