Tendulkar Declared Fit For Australia Tests

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar will be fir for the four-test series against Australia starting in Bangalore on October 9th despite injury ruling him out of the Irani Trophy. Tendulkar suffered an elbow injury during the third test in Sri Lanka last month which forced him out of the subsequent one-day series. He had declared himself available for the Irani Trophy match, seen as a selection game for the Australia series, but the physiotherapist at the National Cricket Academy advised him another week's rest to recuperate. "He is not playing the Irani Trophy as he has been advised a week of rehabilitation," Ratnakar Shetty, the board's chief administrative officer, told reporters on Saturday before the Indian board (BCCI) later confirmed that he would be fit to play against Australia in Bangalore. Tendulkar missed the first two tests of Australia's last tour four years ago due to tennis elbow. © Cricket World 2008