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Jan 20, 2012 at 09:49pm IST

India hit nets a day early at Adelaide

Adelaide: The Indian team hit the nets at the Adelaide Oval on Friday, a day ahead than expected to prepare for the fourth and the final Test against Australia starting on Tuesday.

The Indian team had to go for nets on Friday after they discovered that there would be a shortage of net bowlers on Saturday because of Adelaide grade cricket. While the Indians are expected to take Saturday off.

An Indian spokesperson said the team had to attend nets after they were informed that practice bowlers won't be available on Saturday.

India hit nets a day early at Adelaide Oval

The Indian team discovered that there would be a shortage of net bowlers on Saturday.

"Tomorrow there is some tournament going on so the good bowlers are not available. We said 'Ok today we have a nets," the official said.

India trained for more than three hours amidst mounting criticism from ex-skipper Sunil Gavaskar that the tourists don't work hard enough in the nets.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will sit out of the fourth Test after being slapped with a one-match ban, also sweated it out at the nets. He is unlikely to take a tour of the nearby wineries on Saturday's rest day.

Virender Sehwag will lead the side after Dhoni received a one-Test ban for his side's slow over-rate in last week's third Test.

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