Thursday, December 15, 2011

India hammered in the warm-up game, Ishant fitness concerns

India's bowlers took a hammer and paceman Ishant Sharma failed to complete six overs as a Ishant Sharma could only bowl 5.3 overs before leaving the field President's XI rattled up 398 for six declared on the first day of the opening match of the tourists in Australia on Thursday.

India won the toss and chose to bowl first in the game two days tour in Manuka Oval, one of two warm-up matches they will play in Australia's capital before the first of four Tests starts on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Tourists said they wanted to use the game to give his relatively inexperienced bowlers plenty of practice in Australian conditions.

Opener Wes Robinson hit 143, but South Australia's Tom Cooper, who played for the Netherlands in one day international, which improved with a brutal unbeaten 182 off 194 balls with 24 fours and three sixes. The pair shared a partnership of 226.

Right-arm paceman Umesh Yadav, who impressed in his first Test series against West Indies last month, was the choice of the Indian bowlers, taking three wickets at a cost of 39 runs.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was the most expensive, with two goals for the 149 to make your personal fight with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for a test site is not good.

President's XI declared when Dean Solway was caught behind off the average pace of Ranganath Vinay Kumar for five after 86 overs to open stubs.

The side of India, which has a strong batting line-up with Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, have the same number of overs, requiring 399 for victory on Friday.

Sharma rolled on the first, but made a couple of trips outside the camp before leaving for the half-way through his Good Friday. A team spokesman said he had not suffered an injury.

India, which has never won a test series in Australia, playing a game of three days a President XI against more experienced on the field even begin the following Monday. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Peter Rutherford)

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