Will selectors pick Laxman for NZ Test series?

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Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 16:59 [IST]
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Sachin to return, Laxman doubtful

Bangalore, Aug 9: As the selectors get ready to pick the Test squad for the Test series against New Zealand, in Mumbai on Aug 10, all eyes will be on VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar as the latter seems to return to the Test fold after a break.

With VVS Laxman's cricketing future to decided tomorrow, selectors would like to pick youngsters and groom them, or give him another chance to play at his home ground, according to one of the sources.

"There are two schools of thought on Laxman. One is that we should groom a youngster before the series against England, while the other wants to give Laxman a chance to play at home," the source said.

After India's disastrous tours of England and Australia, MS Dhoni's men will be playing a two-Test series against New Zealand, the first Test series of the season.

This tour also marks the return of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, as he had taken a break from international cricket prior to India's tour of Sri Lanka will also look to perform at his best after a disastrous series against West Indies.

The series will also see how India cope to tackle the opponents without 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid for the first time, since his retirement in March this year.

While there are possibilities of India A captain Cheteshwar Pujara getting a Test recall, who is touted to fill the void created by Dravid.

Following Rohit Sharma's failure, selectors might consider Pujara instead of the Mumbai batsman.

The selection committee will also pick the final squad for the World T20 tomorrow, as expected, Yuvraj Singh's inclusion would boost India's confidence, while a fitness certificate from NCA would decide Yuvraj's availability.

"It will depend on the fitness certificate that he will get from the NCA," a selection committee source said.


Story first published:  Thursday, August 9, 2012, 15:40 [IST]
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