Ishant Sharma could feature in the fourth test against India at Old Trafford. Sharma played a key role in India’s win at Lord’s, but had to miss the third test at Southampton due to an injury. India’s bowling coach Joe Dawes has said that Sharma will undergo further tests to ensure the problem is identified and cured before the fourth test.
Dawes said, “Ishant has a sore leg. We need to do a few more tests but we have 11 days before for the next Test, so we will watch him carefully. Pankaj was named in the first 12 on Saturday. Ishant had a bowl on the Sunday morning before toss but he felt sore and then around 10.20 am (about ten minutes before toss) it was decided. Maybe it was not the best days for our bowling attack, but Pankaj coming through was a real positive for us. He could have easily got a couple of wickets but things didn’t go his way. Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) had an off day. We are working on the consistency of our bowlers.”
He added, “We had dinner with Michael Holding and the bowlers had a lot of questions for him. It was a good time spent with the royalty of fast bowling. It is a new cordon and the ball wobbles a bit here in England after going past the bat. They are working hard as a group. Even Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor dropped a few in their time.”