India news December 10, 2012

Sreesanth returns to competitive cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sreesanth, the India fast bowler, has returned to competitive cricket after more than a year out due to a toe injury, and is keen to make the step up from club cricket to the first-class level at the earliest. Sreesanth played two club matches in Kochi over the last week and tweeted that his "rhythm is great and [he is] getting good pace … Will join the Kerala Ranji side soon."

Sreesanth had started the Ranji season last year but pulled out after just one match to continue his rehabilitation for the toe injury. At that time, he opted against surgery and went for Ayurvedic treatment instead. He had hoped to be fit in time for India's CB series in Australia earlier this year, and had said at the end of February that he was looking forward to playing again in three weeks.

He then travelled with his IPL franchise, Rajasthan Royals, but in May he confirmed that he would be out for at least five months after needing two surgeries on his toes.

Sreesanth has 87 wickets from 27 Tests. He last played international cricket during India's tour of England in 2011, in which he was part of the team for three out of four Tests.

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