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Ishant bowls ‘long spells’ at NCA, expected to be fit before Australia Tests


India’s one of the most reliable pacer in Tests, Ishant Sharma, has been back to training and bowled in full swing on Wednesday (November 18) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

Ishant bowls 'long spells' at NCA, expected to be fit before Australia Tests

So, he’s been aiming for full fitness before the four-match Test series against Australia which is scheduled to start from December 17 next month. Ishant has been named in the initial Test squad of India for Australia tour.

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Ishant got injured after playing just one match in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Capitals. Later, it was confirmed that he suffered from “left internal oblique muscle tear” which ended his campaign unfortunately.

The 32-year old pacer has been doing overtime training for his rehabilitation process under the watchful eyes of Director Rahul Dravid and head physio Ashish Kaushik.

ESPNCricinfo posted a video on their Twitter handle on Wednesday, where Ishant was seen bowling from his full run-up. Dravid and chief selector Sunil Joshi presented there and watched Ishant’s bowling. He was mainly bowling single stump with NCA coaching staff like Paras Mhambrey and Mansur Khan also in attendance.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also expressed positive thoughts about Ishant and expected him to be fully fit before the first Test in Adelaide.

“Yes, we are expecting Ishant to be back for the Test matches. He has already started bowling from shorter run-ups and short spells. He has bowled at NCA. But as there is a BCCI protocol for fast bowlers, Ishant will be playing the two first-class games in Australia,” Ganguly said to PTI.

India will play two three-day practice games in Sydney on December 6 and December 11 before travelling to Adelaide for the series-opening day-night Test.

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