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Giles still hopeful for a passage to India

The spinner's optimism refuses to give in and he still hopes to play against India at some point of the tour.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 16:37 IST

Certain to miss the first two Tests in the series against Rahul Dravid's men because of his slow recovery from a hip surgery, Ashley Giles' optimism refuses to give in and the England spinner still hopes to play against India at some point of the tour.

"I am still keen to get out to India. When exactly that is, none of us really know," Giles told BBC Radio Five Live.

"The door is still open for me to go on the tour at some point, basically because we don't know how it's going to react over the next couple of weeks," said the spinner with die-hard optimism.

"I'm desperate to play cricket for England, but it's better if I am fit," Giles said.

Ian Blackwell has been named as replacement for the left-arm spinner and British Sikh Monty Panesar is tipped to make his debut in the series against the country of his origin.

But against the Team Indian batsmen who relish playing against the spinners, the task would be cut out for the bowlers, said Giles.

"It will be tough for them because, although the wickets turn, the Indians are exceptional players of spin bowling," he said.

"With the strength in our pace attack they certainly aren't going to prepare bouncy wickets that suit those guys. In those situations you need your spinners to either hold up and end or be your strike bowlers," he added.

Giles also revealed that he was found to be having arthritis in his hip by the doctors who operated him eight weeks ago.

"We thought the problem was just a bit of a tear in the cartilage but when the surgeon went in there were early signs of arthritis," he said.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 15:12 IST