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February 28, 2006   


Testing Time

The four England fast bowlers -- Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Liam Plunket -- are put through the grind by coach Duncan Fletcher on the eve of the first Test against India, starting in Nagpur on Wednesday .

The English pacers will have to carry much of the bowling load as the team does not have an established spinner, two of them -- Monty Panesar and Ian Blackwell -- are still uncapped.

Fletcher said the team could play two spinners on a dry pitch, expected to assist slow bowlers.

Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

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