Melbourne: After a fielding-only drill, the Indian team returned to the grind yesterday with an intense net session here.

The Men in Blue will take on the hosts in their first match of the tri-series tomorrow. Dhoni observed the initial proceedings along with coach Duncan Fletcher, before bowling seam-up to the batsmen.

Fletcher gave catching practice to Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma, the three standing in that order at slips. Rohit Sharma batted with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli took third strike. Only then did Ajinkya Rahane pad up.

Net-practice is hardly any official confirmation but this Indian team does have a habit of following a playing XI routine in their practice sessions.