Indian cricket team toils at Bangalore conditioning camp

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Bangalore, Aug 28(ANI): The Indian cricket team sweated hard on Friday, the second day of a four day conditioning camp that is being held at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here.

The conditioning camp before team's trip to Sri Lanka is being held under the watchful eyes of coach Gary Kirsten, fielding coach Robin Singh and trainer Ramji Srinivasan.

Apart from regular exercise sessions, the players played football as part of their fitness regime.

India will participate in a tri-series in Sri Lanka that features New Zealand from Sept. 8-14. It has not lost a one-day series in the past year following a surprise tri-series victory in Australia last February.

India has recalled Rahul Dravid to the one-day team for the first time in almost two years to bolster their batting in Lanka and on pacy South African pitches at the Sept. 22-Oct. 5 Champions Trophy.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has also returned after opting out of the one-day series in the West Indies, which India had won 2-1.

Ishant Sharma will spearhead the five-man pace attack in the absence of experienced left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan, who has been ruled out of action until the end of the year following surgery on an injured shoulder.

The selected team for Sri Lankan series includes Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra and Abhishek Nayar. (ANI)

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