Ishant Sharma clears fitness Test, set to join India squad in Wellington


New Delhi: Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has passed his fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and will now join the team in New Zealand for the two-Test series starting February 21.

The 31-year-old had suffered an ankle injury during a Ranji Trophy clash between Delhi and Vidarbha last month. However, after rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy, he has now been cleared to play and provisionally named in the Indian squad for the two-Test series in New Zealand.

Ishant will fly out on Sunday to join the squad in Wellington, and will join Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini among the speedsters in the squad.

While the first Test is set to be played from February 21 to 25, the second Test is from February 29 to March 4. The Indian team is currently playing a three-day warm-up game against a New Zealand XI side in Hamilton.

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