Ishant in fitness race

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Bowling coach Joe Dawes is confident seamer Ishant Sharma will be fit for India's fourth Test against England, which will get underway at Old Trafford in Manchester on 7 August.

Bowling coach Joe Dawes is confident seamer Ishant Sharma will be fit for India's fourth Test against England, which will get underway at Old Trafford in Manchester on 7 August.

Sharma, who took a telling seven-wicket haul in the second innings of the second Test at Lord's in London, was ruled out of the third fixture at the Rose Bowl in Southampton by a leg injury.

"There are eleven days or so to the next Test, and I am confident that he can pull through," said Dawes.

Ishant was replaced by debutant Pankaj Singh in Hampshire. Singh bowled 20 solid overs – but went without a wicket during a day that brought the hosts a promising score of 247 for two on the back of the left-handed Gary Ballance's unbeaten century.

"This is a dream come true. I am really happy to make my debut, but I would have liked to get a wicket for my team. Hopefully I get some on day two. It's an unbelievable feeling. I can't put it into words," said Singh.

"I tried my best, but things haven't happened. Hopefully on Monday that changes. It, the pitch, is actually a bit slow and seems comfortable for batsmen who get stuck in. We bowled in the right areas, but they played well."

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