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Thursday, October 16, 2008

I will take final call on my availability Friday: Kumble

Mohali (Punjab) (IANS): Indian captain Anil Kumble Thursday kept everyone guessing on his availability for the second Test match against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium starting here Friday.

"I am feeling much better now. I will take a final call (on the shoulder injury) tomorrow morning on how I feel," Kumble told reporters here on the eve of the match.

The Indian captain refused to commit himself on who would lead the side if he was not fit to play Friday.

"We still have time (to decide the captain). There are still 24 hours for that," a stern Kumble said when asked who would replace him as captain.

In his absence, ODI team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to lead the side.

Kumble had a shoulder injury on his bowling arm side during the drawn first Test match at Bangalore.

The India captain said that fitness concerns were there in both teams. The obvious reference was to the injury to Australian fast bowler Stuart Clark who is a doubtful starter Friday.

Kumble, who is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, said that he had a good record at the PCA ground. Kumble has 36 wickets from seven test matches played here.

"My record here has been good so far," he said.

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