In good news for India, their bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan and fellow pacer Ishant Sharma appeared to be fit to play in the opening Test against Australia beginning in Melbourne on Monday.
Both the pacers, who have been nursing injuries, bowled vigourously at the nets after which Indian middle order batsman VVS Laxman said "they were fit and raring to go".
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who watched them at the nets, said the two bowlers looked impressive and seemed
to have "hit the nets very hard".
Laxman gave enough indication that the pace duo could feature in the starting line-up.
"Ishant didn't finish the first practice game in Canberra, but the way he bowled in the second innings of the (Cricket Australia) Chairman's XI in the second match, and also the way he bowled today at the nets is proof that they (Ishant and Zaheer) are both fit and raring to go," Laxman said.
"When you are playing the international game, injuries become part and parcel of a player's life.
"If you see, even the Australians are missing their frontline bowlers because of the injuries. But it's good to see the way Zaheer Khan has come back after his ankle surgery.
He is lean and fit, and you can see he has really worked hard on his fitness," the sylish Hyderabadi added.
Since their arrival here, Zaheer and Ishant's fitness have been a cause of concern for the Indian team management, which has preferred to keep the updates about the duo under wraps.