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Team India gear up for 1st Test with more training at nets

Last updated on: August 21, 2012 17:19 IST

India gear up for 1st Test with intense training at nets

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The Indian cricket team continued their strenuous training session on Tuesday ahead of the first Test against New Zealand, starting in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The Indian team, which has been practicing intensely since the last few days for the two-match Test series to be played in Hyderabad and Bangalore, had rigorous batting, bowling and catching sessions as well, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

Sachin Tendulkar had a long batting stint at the nets, preparing for his first international match after the Asia Cup in Bangladesh early this year.

Image: Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir
Photographs: Getty Images

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Ishant, Umesh put in some pace at nets

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Other top-order batsmen -- Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli -- followed suit for batting practice.

Pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav sent down some express deliveries to rattle the batsmen, while the spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin also bowled in tandem.      Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a long wicketkeeping session.

While the Indians had their net session in the morning, the Kiwis began their practice in the afternoon.

Image: Ishant Sharma (right) bowls in the nets as coach, Duncan Fletcher watches
Photographs: Getty Images

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