Zaheer, Praveen return, Raina rested

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Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 16:19 [IST]
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Zaheer, Praveen return, Raina rested

Indian speedster Zaheer Khan has been recalled to the one-day side to play the remaining matches against New Zealand in the ongoing series. Zaheer who had been out of contention due to a groin strain which he picked up in the second Test against New Zealand, has reportedly recovered from the injury and is in fit condition again.

Meanwhile, his pace-bowling partner and one-day specialist Praveen Kumar, who was also out of the first two one-dayers as the result of contracting a viral fever, will make a comeback. He may also be joined by fellow seamer Vinay Kumar for the third ODI, but the latter would most probably be released to play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka thereafter.

The selection committee of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has given middle-order batsman Suresh Raina a break, directing him to sit out the remaining three matches in the series. The move comes in light of requests made by captain Mahender Singh Dhoni. Sreesanth too has been excluded from the squad for the remaining matches and will most likely join Raina to leave for South Africa early.

Mumbai middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who hasn't been a part of the national side since the tri-series in Sri Lanka in August, will join the squad for the fourth and fith ODIs, as will wicket-keeper Parthiv Patil who will be standing in for Wriddhiman Saha as the latter readies to leave on the tour of South Africa.

Off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja and Mumbai Indians batsman Saurabh Tiwary were the other two players included in the side for the last three ODIs agaisnt New Zealand.


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