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Warm-up: Axed Gambhir keen to regain Test berth

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Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013, 17:49 [IST]
 
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Chennai, Feb 15: All eyes will be on India's Gautam Gambhir, who was axed from the Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia when he leads India A in the second warm-up game against Australia at Chennai, starting on Saturday.

Following a slump of form, Gautam Gambhir was sacked from the Test squad for the first two Tests and was asked to lead India A in the second warm-up game, since Shikhar Dhawan, captain of India A got a Test call up.

Though Gambhir has been demoted after being dropped, since he was considered to be the next skipper for the national side, the left handed batsman has got yet another opportunity to shine in the warm-up match to impress the selectors in order to get a Test recall for the remaining Tests.

With Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary in the side, India A's batting departments sounds good. While Abhishek Nayar, the second highest run scorer in Ranji Trophy this year also adds more strength to the batting order.

Matthew Wade, Ed Cowan during a practice session

Australian cricketers Matthew Wade and Ed Cowan during a practice session ahead of the 1st Test match against India in Chennai on Thursday.

Glenn Maxwell during a practice session

Australia's Glenn Maxwell during a practice session ahead of the 1st Test match against India in Chennai on Thursday.

Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc interact during a net session

Australia's Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc during a net session ahead of the 1st Test match against India in Chennai on Thursday.

Shane Watson during a practice session

Australia's Shane Watson with his team mates during a practice session ahead in Chennai on Thursday.

Gautam Gambhir and MS Gony in Chennai

India A skipper Gautam Gambhir and MS Gony during a practice session ahead of the 2nd practice match against Australia in Chennai on Friday.

Gautam Gambhir with India A coach Lalchand Rajput

India A skipper Gautam Gambhir with team coach Lalchand Rajput during a practice session in Chennai on Friday.

Moreover, Nayar has claimed 19 wickets in Ranji Trophy this season, which further makes him an important player for India A.

Jiwanjot Singh, who scored 995 runs in 10 first class matches is the new addition to the squad, while

While Clarke, who has strained his hamstring, would look forward to prove his fitness and play the second warm-up which would give him some match practice ahead of the Test series.

Similarly, Shane Watson would also be keen to get some match practice ahead of the first Test at Chennai.

Though the visitors managed to play well against Board President's XI in the first warm-up game, they couldn't tackle spin, this further exposed their vulnerability to play spin as Parvez Rassol, all-rounder from Jammu and Kashmir picked 7 wickets in the first match as the match ended in a draw.

Squads

India A: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Jiwanjot Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, C Gautam, Rakesh Dhruv, Jalaj Saxena, Manpreet Gony, Vinay Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Menaria, Abhishek Nayar.

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Jackson Bird, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Lyon.

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Story first published:  Friday, February 15, 2013, 15:44 [IST]
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