Yuvraj back for England Tests
Mumbai - Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was
on Monday selected for the first two Tests against England, capping a
fairytale comeback from cancer at the start of the year.
30-year-old was included in a 15-man squad for the first two Tests of
the four-match series against Alastair Cook's tourists which opens in
Ahmedabad on November 15.
The selectors, who met in Mumbai, also
brought back seasoned off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, 32, into the Test
squad for the first time since August last year.
406 scalps in 98 Tests make him the world's leading wicket-taker among
the current crop of bowlers, is the third specialist spinner in the
squad alongside Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.
has not played Test cricket since last November, was treated for a rare
germ-cell cancer between his lungs in the United States earlier this
He returned after chemotherapy treatment in April, was
picked for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September and cracked a
double-century on his return to domestic first-class cricket last month.
left-hander forced his way into the Test squad after scoring a
half-century and taking five wickets for India 'A' in England's tour
opener in Mumbai last week.
Yuvraj is almost certain to take the
number six spot when the playing XI is finalised on the eve of the first
Test, while his left-arm spin gives the hosts another slow bowling
Yuvraj has played 37 Tests since his international debut
in 2000, scoring 1 775 runs at 34.80 with three centuries. He was
adjudged the man of the tournament after India's victory in the 50-over
World Cup last year.
Middle-order batsman Suresh Raina, who played in the two home Tests against New Zealand in August, was dropped.
Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane are the reserve batsmen in the squad to be led by wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Zaheer Khan spearheads the new-ball attack that includes Ishant Sharma
and Umesh Yadav, but only two of them are expected to make the playing
India are looking to avenge the 4-0 rout in England last year which dethroned them from the number one Test ranking.
The remaining back-to-back Tests will be played in Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur.
India's Test squad:
Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara,
Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane,
Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Umesh
Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay.
Coach: Duncan Fletcher (ZIM)