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Harbhajan returns to Test squad, Gambhir axed

10 February 2013 11:36

Veteran Harbhajan Singh has won a recall for India's opening two Tests against Australia, while opener Gautam Gambhir has been omitted.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named a 15-man squad for the first two Tests against Australia starting in Chennai on February 22, with selectors opting to make three changes to the squad that played England in Nagpur in December.

Harbhajan returns to the squad for the first time since November, while rookies Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have also been included and are in contention to make their Test debuts.

Dhawan is the surprise inclusion, with the left-handed opener seemingly included for the out-of-form Gambhir.

Gambhir has not made a Test hundred for over three years and selectors opted to drop him from the squad and allow Dhawan to battle it out with Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag for the two opening positions.

With Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan still out injured, Kumar is included as a fast bowling option alongside Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda, while Harbhajan returns to form a three-pronged spin bowling line-up with R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.

MS Dhoni will skipper the side, while Gambhir will get the chance to show his wares when he captains India A in a practice match against Australia from February 16 to 18.

India squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda.

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