November 7, 2001

Giles, White and Ormond passed fit to tour India

Media Release

The England and Wales Cricket Board today confirmed that Ashley Giles (achilles), Craig White (knee) and James Ormond (knee) had all been passed fit to tour India following fitness tests at Edgbaston today.

White and Ormond both bowled in the nets today under the supervision of the England physiotherapist Dean Conway and have been given the all-clear to resume cricket by medical specialists.

Ashley Giles has made an excellent recovery from his achilles operation and will continue his rehabilitation programme on grass during the initial stages of the tour.

He is not expected to be available for selection for the warm-up matches in India, but if his recovery goes to plan he will be in contention for the Test matches.

Ashley Giles said: "I've really made great strides with the injury in the last three weeks and everything has gone to plan apart from picking up an infection in the achilles which prevented me training for a while.

"But once I get out to India that will give me an opportunity to get used to playing on grass again and work on my fitness with Dean Conway and Nigel Stockill. I'm not going to put pressure on myself by saying when I think I will be ready to play again, but hopefully I can be in the frame for the first Test.

"Everyone I've spoken to says India is a fantastic place to tour and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of bowling to top-class players like Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar."