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Jammy’s men caught in a jam

Minutes after their game against Sussex, players head for the next locus only to face a traffic jam. Rohit Mahajan reports.
Hindustan Times | By Rohit Mahajan, Hove
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2007 01:36 AM IST

Minutes after India nearly pulled off an exciting win over Sussex, the players packed their bags and boarded the bus for the venue of the next game, Chelmsford.

They looked disappointed at being denied by the Sussex tail, and S Sreesanth, who bowled with fire and picked up a couple of wickets, said he was disappointed and upset with the result.

They looked forward to resting their nerves at the Five Lakes resort near Chelmsford, but the journey took longer than expected.

“There was a huge traffic jam on the M25 (the motorway),” said team manager Rufus Rockey. “And so we reached the hotel only around 3.30 in the night.”

The team had scheduled a gym session on Wednesday but opted out of it after the madness of the night; instead, they got up leisurely and had the day off, and there were no plans to train, said Rockey.

India take on the Andrew Strass-captained England Lions — formerly England A — in a three-day game at Chelmsford from Friday. Rahul Dravid will be hoping that this mini-break helps him firm up his decisions on the side ahead of the first Test, beginning next Thursday.

Sunny's day

Tuesday saw the third birthday in 'Camp India' — this one in the commentary box. Sunil Gavaskar turned 58 on the day and there was a celebration of the landmark.

There was a steady stream of fans and well-wishers to the commentary box and Gavaskar obliged them all with his autograph, also posing with them cheerfully.

As he was complimented on his youthful looks and asked how many summers he had seen, Gavaskar insisted that he was young at heart, that he had turned only 20!

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