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Cricket: Vaughan back in nets as tourists toil; CRICKET.

ENGLAND captain Michael Vaughan returned to the nets today while his team-mates toiled in the heat at the IPCL ground.

Vaughan, 31, was ruled out of the contest with the Indian Board XI due to a knee injury which threatens his participation in the first Test.

He had a cortisone injection in the right knee in a bid to ease the problem ahead of next week's opener at Nagpur.

"I had a light net today to test out the knee but it is still too early to say whether the injection has had an effect and we will just have to wait and see how it responds over the next 48 hours," Vaughan said after some batting practice.

England's on-field health flagged in the searing heat as the hosts secured a first innings lead for the loss of only two wickets today.

Three chances were missed, however, as opener Gautam Gambhir was dropped and youngster Suresh Raina enjoyed two lives as the Board team took tea on 269 for three, an advantage of 31 runs.

Test discard Gambhir responded to his omission from India's 15-man squad with a 204-ball hundred.

Having been dropped by Marcus Trescothick in yesterday's evening session, Gambhir was put down again shortly after Dheeraj Jadhav departed - wicketkeeper Geraint Jones failing to hold a diving effort high to his right.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2006
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