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Yuvraj back in India Test squad

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj has scored a modest 64 runs in his two Tests against England

India have announced a 15-man squad for the two-Test series against England beginning in Chennai on 11 December.

Yuvraj Singh, 26, who scored successive centuries in the aborted one-day series with England, is back in the Test squad for the first time since April.

He could fill the middle order gap created by Sourav Ganguly's retirement.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who toured Sri Lanka but has yet to make his Test debut, is in the party but left-arm seamer RP Singh is omitted.

Yuvraj, who made his Test debut against New Zealand in October 2003, has had an inconsistent career in the longer format.

In 23 matches he has scored three centuries, all against Pakistan, but has also made five ducks, with an average of 32.


On India's most recent tour of Australia in 2007/08 he was twice out for nought and made only 17 runs in two Tests.

Ojha, 22, has played five one-day internationals, taking five wickets with a best of 2-28 against Sri Lanka.

He is expected to provide cover for off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and new leg-spin hope Amit Mishra.

India squad: Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Subramaniam Badrinath, Munaf Patel, Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha.

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