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Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: England captain Nasser Hussain has been hit with a stomach bug but the signs are he should be fit for the third and final Test match against India which starts on Wednesday, the Press Association reported.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The England captain contracted the virus which also affected Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan in Ahemdabad - both batted in that Test, however - as the party set off for Bangalore. Given that Butcher and Vaughan recovered within 48 hours or so, it should not rule the 33-year-old out of the final Test.A plus for England has been the way left-arm spinner Ashley Giles came through 75 overs bowling at Motera.Giles recorded Test-best figures of five for 67 in the first innings and his troublesome Achilles which blighted most of his 2001 stood up to the test."It's one hell of an achievement. It proved that Ashley has worked really hard at his fitness," coach Duncan Fletcher said."That is the most pleasing part as other cricketers previously would have come here unfit."I can't believe how many overs he got through in the first innings and how well he bowled - from our point of view it justifies the decision to bring him out here."

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