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Bhuvneshwar bowls at nets

Calcutta: After a short break following the third Test, the Indians were back to business at Old Trafford, the venue for the fourth Test, in Manchester on Monday. The squad practised for close to two hours in the afternoon.

The five-match series is tied 1-1. The fourth Test begins on Thursday.

The good news for the Indians was that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had a swelling in his ankle after the third Test, was back at nets.

He had a short stint and bowled for around ten minutes. He didn’t look to be in discomfort.

Bhuvneshwar’s availability will be a big relief to the team on a Old Trafford wicket, which is expected to have pace and bounce.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already said that pace spearhead Ishant Sharma will miss the fourth Test, too.

Ishant, who took seven wickets in the second innings at Lord’s, has been ruled out with what the team management described as a “sore leg”.

Ishant was replaced by Pankaj Singh, who went wicketless on his Test debut at Southampton.

“Definitely Ishant won’t be fit for the next game,” Dhoni said during the post-match presentation at the Ageas Bowl. “Never really had a discussion with our physio, but as of now he won’t be available for the fourth Test match.”