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Laxman fit, confident of making it to Test team

Published: Friday, October 5, 2001, 2:13 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad: After the return to fitness of Sachin Tendulkar, it is now the turn of stylish middle-order bat V V S Laxman to declare he is fit and raring to cross swords with the mighty South Africans.Attributing the delay in returning from Sydney, where he underwent surgery, to post- operation physiotherapy, Laxman on Thursday expressed confidence of making it to the national squad for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting on November 3. "I am confident of bouncing back into the national squad for the Test series," Laxman told PTI in Hyderabad. Laxman failed to meet the Board deadline of September 22 to prove his fitness and was forced to pull out of the One-day tri-series in South Africa after he was advised by experts to let his injured knee heal completely and refrain from exposing himself to the rigours of One-day cricket right away. Laxman said he had to delay his return from Australia, as he had to undergo crucial physiotherapy. "The physiotherapy was the most vital part of the treatment in the post-operation course," Laxman, who returned home from Sydney on Wednesday, told PTI adding it was detrimental for complete recovery. Laxman, who sustained an injury during the Sri Lankan series, was operated on August 17 in Sydney under the supervision of specialist Doctor Johnson. "The post-operation complications demanded that I under- went comprehensive physiotherapy," he said. The 27-year-old, who turned the odds in favour of India against Australia at home, said, he had faxed a fitness certificate to the Board and was prepared to undergo another test if BCCI so desired. Laxman, however, denied he had been asked by the Board to return home early to undergo fitness tests for the upcoming Test series. "I had been in touch with Board officials throughout my stay in Sydney and there has been no such thing," he said. Laxman, in the meanwhile, will be seen in action in domestic tournaments as he has already been named skipper of the Rest of India side for the Irani Trophy against Ranji Champions Baroda from October 12 to 16 at Pune. Laxman said he was sad to miss the One-day series, but he would try to make the most of his time by playing in domestic tournaments. "Even while in Sydney and undergoing physiotherapy I played a couple of matches with the local team there to stay in touch with the game," he said. The wristy right-hander said he had also started practising at the nets besides jogging and doing stretching exercises as prescribed by doctors. Extras:
Laxman to lead Rest of India in Irani

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