Harbhajan cleared to participate in Mohali

Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 12:53 [IST]
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Harbhajan cleared to play first Test

Chandigarh: Harbhajan Singh has been shown the green light by the Indian team management to participate in the first Test match against Australia starting on Friday following an injury scare.

The off-spinner who suffered a side strain during a practice session on Monday at the PCA stadium in Mohali was taken to hospital for a scan and was adviced rest by the doctors.

However, Harbhajan did return to training on Tuesday and the team manager has said he is fit to be part of Indian playing XI in the first Test.

"Harbhajan has been cleared to play and if something comes up regarding his fitness, we will issue a press release in this regard," said team manager, Mayank Parekh.

Meanwhile, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina joined the Test squad ahead of the the first Test against Australia in Mohali after completing their Champions League Twenty20 campaign for Chennai Super Kings in South Africa.

Australian pacer Doug Bollinger and batsman Mike Hussey have also joined the Australian squad after CSK's title triumph in South Africa just two days before the opening Test gets underway.

Dhoni and Raina, who reached Chandigarh at 11 am, are left with little time adjust to the conditions here before the first Test starts while Murali Vijay is expected to join the team later.

While, Bollinger and Hussey arrived here yesterday leaving them with couple of days to prepare ahead of the first Test of the two-match series.

"We will make sure that we make the most of the two days and get ourselves prepared as best as we can," said Bollinger.

"It's not ideal, but it's the best we can do and make sure we get ourselves prepared as best we can," he said.


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