Harbhajan cleared to play against Australia

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/g/gambhir-t09.jpg' class='caption'> Harbhajan Singh along with openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday took part in the practice session at the Sector 16 cricket stadium.

Updated: September 28, 2010 16:40 IST
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Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh along with Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday took part in the practice session at the Sector 16 cricket stadium.

India's spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh who on Monday underwent an MRI scan at a private hospital in Mohali after suffering a side sprain, had a bowling and batting session of about an hour.

The offie bowled in his natural rhythm and later batted as well for a while. "Harbhajan has been cleared to play and if something comes up regarding his fitness, we will issue a press release in this regard," team manager Mayank Parekh said.

Harbhajan has a terrific record against Australia, scalping 79 wickets from 14 Tests.

On Tuesday, he spent good time in the practice session under the watchful eyes of coach Gary Kirsten and bowling coach Eric Simmons.

At PCA stadium in Mohali on Monday, Harbhajan was seen limping during the practice session with his ankle bandaged.

He though took part in the training after taking a break. Monday evening , he had also bowled at Sector-16 stadium nets after the conclusion of the match between Australia and Board President's XI.

Then he went to Fortis Hospital in Mohali for the MRI scan. The hospital sources said that there was no serious injury but since he got a sprain, it would be advisable to take rest for the next few days.

Meanwhile, Sehwag batted with ease after having hurt his right knee while facing speedster Ishant Sharma during Sunday's net session, at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

Left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir, who was on Sunday rushed to a hospital here after being hit on the right wrist by a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery also had a knock on the day.

Gambhir didn't field or bat on the final day of the warm-up match against Australia. The opener appeared to be in good touch as he looked like stroking the balls well during the net session.

Rahul Dravid arrived on Tuesday and straightway headed for the nets. Meanwhile, pacers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan bowled with full steam during the three hour session here.

Skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay are expected to reach here on Wednesday.

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