Cricket

India vs England: Mohammed Shami raises hope for Test series selection after starting ‘low intensity’ training

  • Press Trust of India
  • February 7th, 2021
  • 8:54:02 IST

New Delhi: India's senior speedster Mohammed Shami has resumed "low-intensity" bowling at the National Cricket Academy as his fractured wrist has healed significantly, raising hopes that he could be available for selection for the final two Test matches of the series against England.

Shami was hit by a short ball from Pat Cummins during India's second innings debacle at Adelaide on 19 December.

He had to retire hurt after sustaining a hairline fracture on his right forearm failing to defend a short ball from Cummins. He was subsequently ruled out of the Test series against Australia and had to return home for extensive rehabilitation programme.

On Friday, Shami had tweeted a video of him bowling at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru alongside Navdeep Saini, who had a groin muscle injury picked up during first innings of the final Test in Brisbane.

"Shami's forearm is fine right now. He will have some low intensity net sessions for the next few days. He has been advised to bowl around 18 deliveries a day at 50 to 60 percent effort," a source in the know of things told PTI on condition of anonymity.

"Since (he) has been out for more than month and half, that is how the workload will be build," the source added.

He is bowling from a shorter run-up, working to get some feel back. By the next week, the training will be of medium intensity and a final call can then be taken if he will be available for selection for the final two Tests in Ahmedabad.

"The pink ball Test is still two and half weeks away (24 February). There is a very good chance that Shami will be fit and available for selection.

"That he has started bowling means that his forearm is fine. He doesn't have any other niggles as of now so by the end of next week, a more clearer picture will emerge," said the source.

The squad for the final two Test matches will be named during the second Test match in Chennai, starting 13 February.

Updated Date: February 07, 2021 08:54:02 IST

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