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Ishant to miss first SA Test

March 18, 2008

Young fast bowler Ishant Sharma was ruled out of this month's first Test against South Africa on Monday as Indian selectors grappled with fitness issues following a long and difficult tour of Australia.

The selectors named a 14-man squad for the first two Tests of the three-match series beginning on March 26 but vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh must clear a fitness test on March 21.

Ishant, 19, was the find of the tour in Australia where India lost 2-1 in the four-Test series, but won the tri-series finals 2-0 against the hosts.

He suffered a toe injury during the tour and a finger injury after his return and was advised three weeks' rest.

Video courtesy: ANI

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