'Ishant was not available for the first warm up, but he bowled in Canberra and the way he bowled today at the nets was proof that they are both fit and raring to go,' Laxman said. He also added 'Winning in Australia is everyone's dream in the world. Not just India but across the world because when you play Australia in Australia, it is the toughest cricket that you can play.' Laxman also said says Indians are full of confidence leading up to Boxing Day Test.
Zaheer was also buoyant about his fitness and said the four-month break since undergoing an ankle surgery in London has helped him to prepare better for the four-Test series.
'Because I had a four-month break, I could prepare well for the series. In the past, it used to be at the end of the season that I would go to Australia and break down. We (along with physios) chalked out this plan. So far I've been achieving the milestones about 8-10 days before they were delivered,' Zaheer said.
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who watched them at the nets, said the two bowlers looked impressive and they were seen bowling full tilt without displaying any sort of discomfort at the MCG nets here Friday
Since their arrival here, Zaheer and Ishant's fitness have been a cause of concern for the Indian team management, which has preferred to keep the updates about the duo under wraps.