Pace scare: Niggles take Ishant to Aus, Aaron to England
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The BCCI has asked Sharma to travel to Australia in a couple of days and consult experts regarding the nature and severity of the injury. It was only during the England Test series that Sharma had made his come back after ankle surgery had kept him out for close to ten months.
With Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan all still rehabilitating at the NCA, India's top pacers remain a doubt for the upcoming series against Australia. The national selection committee will meet on February 10 to pick the squad for the series. "We don't want to take any risks with Ishant's ankle, so we have asked him to consult a specialist to avoid a recurrence of the injury," a BCCI official said.
Meanwhile, Varun Aaron will also be travelling to London to consult experts on when he can start bowling. "I will be going there next week where I will be meeting a couple of doctors and seek their advice. They will review the state of fitness of my back and based on that I will take a call on when I should begin bowling," Aaron said.
Last year, the BCCI had planned to send Aaron to Perth, where the Indian speedster was supposed to meet bio-mechanics expert Daryl Foster, who has worked with the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan before. However, due to a scheduling problem, Aaron couldn't make it and was monitored instead by Nitin Patel at the NCA.
"I have been bowling on and off but haven't bowled flat out. After this consultation I will get a clear picture of my body. Sitting at home has been frustrating but it's a stress fracture and it takes longer to mend and you can't do anything about it," said Aaron.
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