Yuvraj back for England tests

MUMBAI Mon Nov 5, 2012 3:43pm IST

India A cricket team's Yuvraj Singh (L) throws a ball as captain Suresh Raina gestures to a player during the second day of the warm-up game against England in Mumbai October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

India A cricket team's Yuvraj Singh (L) throws a ball as captain Suresh Raina gestures to a player during the second day of the warm-up game against England in Mumbai October 31, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

Related Topics

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India have named Yuvraj Singh in their squad for the first two tests against England, marking the all-rounder's return to the five-day game following treatment for cancer.

Yuvraj, who will turn 31 next month, underwent chemotherapy in the United States for a rare form of lung cancer earlier this year.

He returned to international cricket in September in a Twenty20 match against New Zealand before playing in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

The swashbuckling left-hander smashed a double hundred in his return to first-class cricket last month, and then took five wickets to add to a half-century against England in a warm-up game last week.

Yuvraj, who played the last of his 37 tests in November 2011, will be the favourite to seal the number six slot in the Indian batting order when the first of four tests against England begins in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was dropped after the England tour last year for poor form, was added to the squad along with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm tweaker Pragyan Ojha.

Harbhajan, with over 400 wickets in tests, has surrendered the role of the slow-bowling spearhead to Ashwin but was picked despite any notable performances in domestic cricket.

The new selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, dropped left-hander Suresh Raina, who led the India A side in the warm-up against England, and included Murali Vijay as the third opener after a strong domestic show.

Destructive opener Virender Sehwag and left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan were also named in the 15-man squad despite some injury concerns.

Zaheer, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, who was included after his return from a successful ankle surgery, will be the three seamers in the squad.

The second test will be played in Mumbai from November 23 with the third and fourth tests in Kolkata and Nagpur respectively.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Alastair Himmer)

FILED UNDER:

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Exit Polls

Exit Polls

BJP unlikely to form Jammu & Kashmir govt - polls.  Full Article 

Forceful Conversions

Forceful Conversions

BJP distances itself from religious conversions.  Full Article 

Photo

Fund Raising

Flipkart raises $700 million in fresh funding.   Full Article 

Reforms Push

Reforms Push

Modi may order insurance, coal reforms if vote delayed - officials.  Full Article 

Economic Pulse

Economic Pulse

Crank up public spending to revive growth - chief economic adviser.  Full Article 

Reuters Exclusive

Reuters Exclusive

India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan  Full Article 

Down Under

Down Under

Magic Johnson inspires Australia to second test win.  Full Article 

Going International

Going International

Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV.  Full Article 

India This Week

India This Week

Some of our best photos from this week.   Full Coverage 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device   Full Coverage