Fit-again Axar Patel looks set for second Test

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel batted and bowled without any discomfort making light of the fitness concerns that kept him out of the first Test.

Axar Patel

Axar Patel missed the first Test due to injury.   -  The Hindu Archives

The surface for the second Test here has not much grass and got a darkish look. The expectations are that it would be a slow turner.

Such a pitch, India believes, would not put too much emphasis on toss. The track is bound better and the chances are it would not break up as the game progresses.

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There was some good news for India on the injury front. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel batted and bowled without any discomfort making light of the fitness concerns that kept him out of the first Test. He has been cleared to play the second Test. This also means left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who played the first Test, and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, both came into the squad after Axar was injured, are now back among the standbyes.

India being 1-0 down, will have to do all the running. The second Test gets underway at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on February 13.

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