Manchester: The Indian team chose to practice in the afternoon yesterday and trooped into the Old Trafford at 10 minutes past 1 in the afternoon.
No sooner were they out in the middle than chief coach Duncan Fletcher and skipper MS Dhoni walked out to have a look at the pitch that is likely to test them when the fourth Test gets underway from Thursday.
Once the duo was done with their observation of the strip, the team got into a huddle that lasted about 10 minutes. As is the custom these days, a game of football followed and the two injured pacemen Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar manned the goalposts.
Later, Bhuvneshwar, with a bandaged ankle, was seen bowling, albeit, with a shorter run-up while Ishant donned the role of an umpire.
Meanwhile, Naman Ojha who has been drafted into the squad for the injured wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is yet to join the team.
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