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Five key Indian players down with flu

Sachin, Agarkar, Yuvraj, Zaheer and RP miss Thursday's practice as India grapple to field a fully-fit team in the second ODI.

cricket Updated: Aug 24, 2007 11:38 IST

India were grappling to field a fully-fit team in the crucial second one-dayer against England on Friday as star batsman Sachin Tendulkar and paceman Ajit Agarkar added to the list of players, who missed Thursday's practice session -- apparently down with flu.

While Tendulkar and Agarkar left the session midway, the trio of Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan and Rudra Pratap Singh did not turn up for practice.

The team management remained non-committal on their availability, although speculation was rife was that they could miss Friday's day-night match.

"They were told to take rest just as a precautionary measure. No one is seriously ill. They should all be available for selection," team spokesman Rajiv Shukla said.

Zaheer Khan and RP Singh were the two bowlers to come off with some respect from the first ODI while others were taken to the cleaners as India lost by 104 runs to England.

Meanwhile, skipper Rahul Dravid egged his team to shrug off the disappointment of its heavy defeat at the Rose Bowl and look for ways to improve in every department.

He also hinted at a possible change not only in the batting order but also in the team combination.

"We will keep thinking about how we can improve. When you don't get the results you have to look at your side and consider who are the guys that are playing well and whether they should be playing up the order or not."

"We will definitely re-think our team, our batting order, our combinations, everything," Dravid said.

First Published: Aug 24, 2007 11:11 IST