Kumble to undergo test to ascertain fitness for match

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2002, 16:24 [IST]
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Trent Bridge: leg spinner Anil Kumble will undergo a test on his injured calf on Wednesday to ascertain if he would be fit to play in the second Test against England starting on Thursday.

This is the third time in the tour that Kumble has been afflicted by the calf injury and this has cast a doubt over his inclusion in the team for the Test. Kumble was first injured during a NatWest triangular One-day game against England at oval and needed a runner while batting. According to physio Andrew Leipus the bowler was also troubled by the injury after the first two sessions of play during the first Test at Lord's after which he was rested for the four-day game against Worcestershire last week.

Though Kumble was very confident of being fit on time for the Trent Bridge Test, the physio said they wanted to be absolutely sure the injury does not recur during the match. Meanwhile, captain Saurav Ganguly himself developed a sprain on his neck while batting during nets but soon recovered to bat for over an hour. Ganguly began the nets by facing Harbhajan Singh, Sanjay Bangar, Tinu Yohannan and later called Ashish Nehra to test him with a few short pitched deliveries.

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