Yuvraj set for test return; eye on injuries

New Delhi, Nov. 5 -- Yuvraj Singh seems set to make a remarkable Test comeback when the selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil picks the 15-member squad to face England in the first Test match starting November 15 in Ahmedabad. Yuvraj, who beat cancer earlier this year, has an edge over Suresh Raina, as well as Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary, in the race for the No. 6 slot. His double century in the Duleep Trophy and a half-century and five wickets in the warm-up tie against England helped his cause.

However, the selectors face a tricky situation after pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was injured during a Ranji tie on Saturday. Whether or not to pick a bowler with a history of breakdowns will be a tough call.

The poor form of openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag - both of whom have not scored a Test century for around two years - will also be debated, though they may ultimately be picked. Sehwag suffered a finger injury on Saturday.

Batsman Ajinkya Rahane is expected to be retained as stand-in opener. Others who may get lucky include bowlers Ashok Dinda, Pankaj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.


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