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Kumble gets more time to be fully fit

Skipper Anil Kumble will decide tomorrow whether to play in the final cricket Test against SA. However, Ishant Sharma is certain to play.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kanpur
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2008 02:28 PM IST

Indian captain Anil Kumble, laid low by a groin injury, will wait till Friday to decide whether to play in the crucial third and final cricket Test against South Africa beginning here on Friday.

Kumble and paceman Ishant Sharma were to undertake a fitness test Thursday to determine their avaibility for the match but the Indian captain has now been given more time to regain full fitness.

Ishant, however, has been declared fit and is certain to return to the team at the expense of either S Sreesanth or Irfan Pathan, both of whom looked quite ordinary in the second Test in Ahmedabad where India lost by an innings and 90 runs in just three days.

Ishant missed the first two Tests because of injuries on his toe and finger and his presence will no doubt provide more sting to the home team's pace bowling department.

"I am not yet fully fit. I will take a call tomorrow morning. I am hoping that things will get better tomorrow," Kumble said on the eve of the match which India need to win to square the series 1-1.

"I don't want to comment anything on my fitness at the moment. I will see how I feel tomorrow morning. If I am in a position to bowl, I will definitely play," he said when asked whether it was a 50-50 chance of him playing the crucial game.

Kumble said Ishant was fit and eligible for selection but the team management will only take a final decision on the playing XI tomorrow.

"We will have a meeting this evening and discuss on the composition for the match. We will have another look at the pitch before finalising the team," he said.

Kumble said there was no injury concerns regarding Sreesanth and he is fully fit for the match. "Sreesanth is fit, there is no injury issue with him."

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