Harbhajan hasn't played a home Test since 2010

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Published: Monday, November 5, 2012, 15:33 [IST]
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India's Harbhajan Singh is all set to play a Test series at home after almost two years, after selectors picked him for the first two Test matches against England on Monday.

Bhajji last played a home Test in 2010

Having missed the home series against West Indies in November 2011 and New Zealand in August 2012, Harbhajan Singh has been recalled to play the Test series against England.

The off-spinner was a part of the squad that played New Zealand in the year 2010, as Nagpur Test in Nov 2010 was his last home Test as he missed a couple of home series in the last two years including the recent series against New Zealand in August 2012.

Selectors have a lot of faith in Harbhajan, though he has not been in great form off-late, as he has claimed 258 wickets off 52 matches, at an average of 28.43, which includes 4 ten-wicket hauls and 18 five-wicket hauls at home, while he has represented India in 98 Tests and taken 406 wickets.

Moreover, he has taken 43 wickets off 13 matches played against England, at an average of 39.06. 5/51 being his best bowling figures for an innings against England, Harbhajan Singh has also grabbed 3 five-wicket hauls against the opposition.

Though he hasn't impressed the selectors recently, the 32-year-old has it in him to play a vital role in the Test series against England, as the selectors have kept faith in the off-spinner and have given him an opportunity to succeed.

Though the selectors had included Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha as two spinners, they preferred Harbhajan Singh as the third spinner as the off-spinner is far more experienced than the other two, and has also fared well in the sub-continent and against England.

After a successful stint at Essex, the county team he plays for, Harbhajan was picked for the national T20 side ahead of ICC World T20 that was held at Sri Lanka in Sep-Oct 2012. Immediately after a T20 recall, the off-spinner has been recalled for the Test team as well.

Harbhajan Singh would look forward to cement his berth in the Test team yet again following a Test recall, after being out of the team for more than a year and would draw more attention when India play England in the first Test at Ahmedabad from Nov 15, 2012.


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