Relaxed net session for Indian team ahead of Southampton test

Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari, although looking to be in fine touch during the net sessions, are unlikely to debut at the Ageas Bowl.

Published : Aug 28, 2018 22:11 IST , Southampton

Virat Kohli's men have little reason to be despondent.
Virat Kohli's men have little reason to be despondent.

Virat Kohli's men have little reason to be despondent.

India's cricketers were a relaxed lot as they trained ahead of the fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl here. Virat Kohli's men may trail England 2-1 but having won in emphatic fashion in Nottingham last week, they have little reason to be despondent.

There was a coat of green on the playing surface on Tuesday, although that could quickly change. It remains to be seen what team India puts out but Mohammed Shami was not in favour of an all-pace attack. "It's hard to field five quicks in a Test match," he said.

"According to me, you need a spinner because on the fifth day, it will turn for sure. I can definitely say that there will be a result on this wicket, and a good result," he added.

Should the team management opt to field one spinner in R. Ashwin, it will hope the off-spinner has recovered from the stiff hip that troubled him at Trent Bridge. Ashwin did not bowl on Monday, when India trained here for the first time, but he was back in action with the ball on Tuesday. He started off gently but was soon bowling as normal, although it would be understandable if he did not want to exert himself unduly at this stage.

Prithvi Shaw, who along with G. Hanuma Vihari arrived in the country on Friday, looked in fine touch in the nets, playing India's quicks with ease. A debut, though, looks unlikely.

The fourth Test will begin on Thursday.

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