Chopra, Balaji set to make Test debut

Published: Tuesday, October 7, 2003, 22:03 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: Opener Akash Chopra and paceman L Balaji are all set to make their debut as India take on New Zealand in the first Test at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, here from Wednesday.

The Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who announced the twelve on Tuesday said that Sairaj Bahutule and Avishkar Salvi have been left out while Yuvraj Singh will do the twelfth man's duty. The Indians thus will go into the match with four frontline bowlers and the captain himself, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag doing the fifth bowler's job, Ganguly added. Meanwhile, the New Zealanders have not yet announced their final eleven with Stephen Fleming saying that they would announce the final eleven only on the morning of the match.

Speaking to newspersons here, Fleming said that they would have a final look at the wicket on the morning of the and then decide the composition of the team. The Kiwi coach had on Monday said that all 14 players in the squad stand a equal chance of making the playing eleven and everybody would come to know on the final eleven half-an-hour before the match.

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