Aerobic tests, vision skills, nutrition

Published: Friday, August 15, 2003, 23:19 [IST]
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Bangalore: Flexibility and aerobic tests, vision skills and nutrition, and more. The 36 probables, including Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, were put through these to assess their fitness levels in the last two days in the conditioning camp here for the gruelling season ahead. The probables had their hour-long Yoga session on Friday and it is going to be a routine for the rest of the camp which concludes on August 26.

To measure their fitness level, they were made to run 20 metres distance at various speeds, jump vertically, given power and strength exercise, abdomen and muscular tests besides addressing issues of vision skills and nutrition. And all these exercises under the watchful eyes of coach John Wright, newly recruited physical trainer Gregory King and physiotherapist Andrew Leipus at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here. From Saturday, the regular training is expected to begin.

For members of team who did their duty at the World Cup, the fitness tests were nothing new as King is adopting more-or-less the same techniques of his predecessor Adrian le Roux with whom he was in touch. The probables are finding it good and enjoyable but it is tiring as well. And it is also their first detailed interaction with 31-year-old King, who said his aim was to take the fitness level to new heights.

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