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Tendulkar hopeful of playing Aussies

By Myles Hodgson 15/09/2004 05:26:08 AM Comments (0)

India is hopeful Sachin Tendulkar will recover from tennis elbow in time for the four-Test cricket series against Australia next month.

Tendulkar, who has been sidelined for the past month, is missing the current ICC Champions Trophy and there have been concerns about his availability for the four-Test series beginning in Chennai on October 14.

He also missed the recent triangular one day tournament with Pakistan and Australia in Amstelveen and the three-match limited overs series against England.

But after Tendulkar underwent several days of ultrasound shock treatment in London - which is designed to stimulate the healing process - India is now hopeful he may soon return.

He has already been pencilled in for the opening match of Australia's tour, a three-day match against a Board President's XI in Hyderabad starting on September 30, which should be enough for him to prove his fitness for the opening Test a week later.

"I spoke to him this morning and he's feeling greater strength in the elbow," said Andrew Leipus, India's Australian-born physiotherapist.

"He's still feeling a bit of discomfort, but he's got his strength back which is the natural progression of the healing.

"I'd have liked to have seen him playing by now because back in Holland he responded quite well to the first couple of days of treatment, but he went back to net and he tore the tendon in the elbow again.

"We're looking for him to grab a bat again in another 10 days time.

"There's a Board XI game against the Aussies and he was going to participate in that, but we'll have to see how it goes."

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