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Sidebottom available for second ODI

November 16, 2008 16:21 IST

England pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom will be available for Monday's second one-day international against India in Indore, his team mate Paul Collingwood said on Sunday.

Sidebottom missed Friday's opening match due to an Achilles injury he picked up at the start of the Stanford Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean last month.

England conceded their highest one-day total of 387 for five after Yuvraj Singh lashed the second fastest one-day century by an Indian. They were then dismissed for 229.

"Sidebottom is fully fit and he is up for contention. He bowled in the nets, he's 100 percent fit," Collingwood told a news conference.

"They hit us hard at Rajkot. We need to be aggressive. The key is early wickets, there is a bit of inexperience in their middle order and we can expose it a bit."

Coach Peter Moores has also called for his team to be more aggressive in their bid to square the seven-match series.

"I think we can be more aggressive as a unit and take that into the next game and not wait for the game to take shape," Moores said on the England and Wales Cricket Board website.

"We have to remind ourselves how we play our brand of cricket and play that brand of cricket in different places."

India are hopeful Yuvraj Singh will recover from his back problem in time for the match.

Left-hander Yuvraj pulled a muscle during his ferocious 138 not out and was forced to use a runner.

India may rest Ishant Sharma after an ankle injury forced the pace bowler to miss the opening game after being adjudged man-of-the-series in the 2-0 home Test victory over Australia.

"There is improvement in Yuvi's case and there is a very good chance that we might rest Ishant for one more game so that he gets a break of six or seven days," skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni told a news conference.

"As of now Yuvi has improved a lot and Ishant may be rested for the next two matches but the last call will be taken before the game."

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