Nehra to join team ahead of Mumbai tie

Published: Thursday, October 30, 2003, 22:57 [IST]
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Mumbai: Left-arm seam bowler Ashish Nehra, who seems to have recovered fully after an ankle operation on his right leg in April, has been brought in as an additional member to practice with the Indian cricket team before the crucial One-day game against the Aussies in the triangular series to be played at the Wankhede Stadium on November 1.

Nehra told reporters before the Indian team's practice on Thursday that the team management, including physio Andrew Leipus and the new trainer wanted him to practice with the team so that he could play the next three One-dayers after the Mumbai tie. "I have been bowling flat-out during the nets with the Delhi Ranji Trophy team and I am fully fit. Infact, I have played a couple of One-day league matches in Delhi circuit after the Mohali Test and have been bowling 10 to 15 overs every day without any discomfort", he added.

Speaking about the county offers he got soon after the World Cup in South Africa, Nehra said "the offer is still open and I might take it up next year". Nehra also said he was working out daily in the gymnasium and was doing lot of running and free hand exercises. He said he has started bowling in the nets and was looking forward to the season ahead.

When asked whether he was doing anything new for the forthcoming series against Australia, Nehra replied in the negative. "I have not started anything as yet as I first want to get into the team for the remaining part of the triangular series", Nehra added.

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