Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Laxman expected to be fit for Rawalpindi tie

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 18:30 [IST]
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Rawalpindi:The Indian team management is expecting the in-form VVS Laxman, who had to sit out of the first One-day cricket match against Pakistan due to a stiff left knee, to be fit for the second game to be held on Tuesday.

Team physio Andrew Leipus has been working on the stylish batsman, who has shown some improvement since sustaining the injury on the eve of the Karachi encounter.

"We anticipate Laxman to be ready for the second match. He has no problem in batting now, but fielding will be a problem for him," Indian coach John Wright said.

Wright said the physio will have another close look at the batsman on Monday before a decision can be taken on whether to include him in the team.

"We will have to see how it goes tomorrow (Monday). We are hoping that he will be fully fit," he said.

Laxman turned up with three of his teammates for the optional practice session at the Rawalpindi stadium, the venue of the second game of the five-match One-day series.

The middle-order batsman had a long session at the nets and did not seem to be in any discomfort while batting.

If Laxman passes the fitness test on Tuesday, he is likely to be included in place of Hemang Badani.

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