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Sreesanth injured, out of second Test

Sreesanth, who bowled the last over in the drawn first Test, is out of the second Test.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 13:23 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service

S Sreesanth, who was skipper Rahul Dravid's choice to bowl the last over as the drawn first Test against the West Indies reached its exciting climax, is out of the second Test starting on Saturday.

The Indian medium-pacer has an inflammation at the back of his left heel. He was seen by a specialist Thursday morning and given an injection, but has been advised rest for 3-5 days, which automatically rules him out of the Test.

This was announced by the Indian team physio, John Gloster, Thursday, during the team's practice session at the Beausejour Stadium - the venue of the Test.

"We shall get him into physical training after that but he's out of this Test," said Gloster, adding that this was not a repeat of the injury that Sreesanth had during the recent one-dayers against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

To some mediapersons, Sreesanth's injury meant a selection headache sorted out for the team, regarding which of the four medium-pacers should be left out. For the first Test, Irfan Pathan was dropped while Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and VRV Singh played.

But Dravid, when asked if that was the case, replied: "It (the injury) is not a nice thing for us. We'd like to have a full squad of 16 to be available when we choose the team."

The West Indies, meanwhile, have made one change to their first Test squad. Left-arm pacer Pedro Collins will replace Fidel Edwards, who bowled only 5.4 overs in India's second innings before leaving the field with a hamstring problem.

First Published: Jun 09, 2006 11:35 IST