Sreesanth confident of getting fit for 3rd test against Australia

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Bangalore, Jan 1 (UNI) Medium pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, undergoing ayurveda treatment for shoulder injury was confident of getting fit for Third test against Australia.

''I am confident of completely becoming fit and available for the third test against the Aussies. However, the final decision was left to selectors,'' he told newspersons here yesterday.

The Kerala lad was out of action for over two months after suffering a shoulder injury during the Jaipur ODI against Pakistan in November.

''I am feeling good and the ayurvedic treatment I underwent at Coimbatore really helped. Though all the surgeons I consulted did suggest the need to undergo surgery, I thought I will try ayurveda and believe me, I have recovered well,'' he added.

Referring to critics that he was avoiding the Australian tour citing injury, he said 'the MRI scan does reveal a tear but some people are saying that I am avoiding the tour. A lot of talk is happening but I want to recover well and hopefully I will get a chance to play there, may be the third test or may be the one dayers.'' However, the Kerala speedster felt that ''in a way the break from the game was a blessing in disguise as I could spend time at home with my family. Now I am just looking forward to getting back into the team.'' About opting for ayurveda treatment despite advice for surgery, the 24 year-old night-arm pacer said '' I would have lost six months if I had undergone surgery but now I have gained some time and I am able to bowl, bat and even throw, which was a bit of problem earlier on.'' He said that he will report to Dev Whatmore at the NCA on January 4 and would train there for some time. ''I will also play a practice game on January 5. The selectors and the Board have asked me to focus on my fitness. Finally, the selection is in the hands of selectors. I am confident and not frustrated,'' he said.

Sreesanth was here to inaugurate 'Silly Point,'' a cafe located inside 'the Bat and Ball Inn, a homestay venture which he runs in partnership with Robin Uthappa in the city.

The Team India right-arm fast medium bowler, who made his Test debut at Nagpur in March 2006 against England, has taken 46 wickets with best being five for 40 against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006 and the match best was 8 for 99.

He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Nagpur in October 2005 and has so far claimed 50 wickets in 34 matches and his best being six for 55, which helped India to clinch the series (5-1) against England in 2006.

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