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Hyderabad: Australian wicket-keeper Matthew Wade on Friday suffered a minor cheekbone fracture while batting at the nets after he was hit while facing throwdowns during Australia’s final training session. Wade batted through the session after the freak training incident but precautionary scans later confirmed a facial fracture. “Matthew Wade copped a knock to the cheek while facing throw downs in the nets this afternoon but batted on during training,” team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement. “We sent him off for a precautionary scan after the session and he has a minor fracture, but has subsequently been cleared to play provided there is no excessive bruising and swelling overnight.”
India not to take foot off the gas: Ashwin
Hyderabad: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels that MS Dhoni’s batting form reflected in his captaincy which helped India produce a clinical performance against Australia in the first Test. “The effect of his performance with the bat could be seen in his field settings and bowling changes. We didn’t look back after that. If someone plays an innings like that, it can be demoralising for any opposition,” he said.
Ashwin also said that the team was positive that there would be not repeat of the England series where India won the first Test but lost the next two. “We haven’t spoken about it. The idea is to remain positive. About the England series, they batted well in the second innings in Ahmedabad and the momentum shifted from there on,” he said.
Doherty ‘not a Test bowler’, says MacGill
Melbourne: Australia’s newly appointed spin mentor Stuart MacGill has warned the team against bringing in Xavier Doherty for the second Test as he feels the left-arm tweaker is “not a Test bowler”. “Xavier Doherty is a great guy, but he is not a Test bowler,” MacGill, who took 208 wickets in 47 Tests, told The Daily Telegraph. “I’m sure he is awesome for the team dynamics and in the past five years I would say he has been in Australia’s top three short-form spinners. He is a fantastic short-form bowler, but I don’t think Xavier brings that to Test cricket and his first-class record supports my argument,” he said. Macgill said Nathan Lyon should be paired with Glenn Maxwell in the second Test.
Lee not surprised by the Chennai wicket
Mumbai: Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has said he was not surprised by the Chennai pitch and backed his country to bounce back in the four-Test series despite suffering an eight-wicket defeat in the first match. “I’m not surprised by the conditions here. The ball does turn square in India, but we all know that as foreign players coming over here we have to deal with the conditions here... because when you are playing in India, it’s all about how do we deal with the spin,” 36-year-old Lee said.