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    Default India's tour of the England

    HENNAI: Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and other big guns returned to national duty, while Yuvraj Singh was handed another Test lifeline as India on Saturday announced a full-strength 17-member squad for the upcoming cricket tour of England starting mid July.

    Opener Virender Sehwag will miss the first Test but will join the squad after a fortnight, while paceman Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth, both of whom missed the Carribean tour because of injuries, have also been named in the team.

    Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha got the nod ahead of Parthiv Patel as the second wicketkeeper, while Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay were dropped from the squad announced by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a meeting of the selection committee.

    Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund was retained in the squad but pacer Abhimanyu Mithun and spinner Pragyan Ojha couldn't find favour from the selectors.

    The team, to be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will have Gambhir as the vice-captain.

    Yuvraj, who missed the tour of West Indies because of a chest infection, returns to the Test fold after a gap of almost one year. The left-hander had last played a Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle in July, 2010.

    Yuvraj, who has failed to cement his place in the Test squad, gets one more opportunity to prove his worth in the longer format of the game.

    Sreesanth, who was also laid low by an elbow injury, returns to action after having last played a Test against South Africa at Cape Town in January this year.

    The squad has as many as five pace bowlers considering the seaming conditions in England. It has two spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.

    The batting line-up has been considerably bolstered by the return of Tendulkar and Gambhir with Sehwag being available from the second Test onwards.

    Sehwag, who skipped the tour of West Indies because of a shoulder surgery, is still not fully fit but the selectors have given him time to recover completely before the second Test starts at Nottingham from July 29.

    The focus will again shift to Tendulkar, who is just one century short of a landmark of 100 centuries in international cricket.

    The seasoned Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman will lend solidity to the middle-order, while the other berth in the line-up would go either to Suresh Raina or Yuvraj.

    The 21-year-old Mukund tilted the scale in his favour with a gritty 48 in the second innings of the ongoing second cricket Test against the West Indies at Kensington.

    His opening partner Murali Vijay, however, flopped in all the innings and paid the price by being dropped from the squad. Virat Kohli, who also could not make much of an impact during the tour, was also left out.

    The return of Zaheer will provide a lot more sting to the bowling attack and the wily paceman will have to shoulder the pace bowling responsibility in conditions that will suit the fast bowlers.

    Ishant Sharma, who has been impressive in the Carribean, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar will also have a key role to play during the four-match Test series.

    Off-spinner Harbhajan and leg-spinner Mishra are the specialist spinners in the team, though Yuvraj and Raina can also be used as part-time spinners.

    Wriddhiman's selection as the second wicketkeeper was a little bit surprising as he got the nod ahead of the more experienced Parthiv Patel, who is also a handy batsman.

    India will play four Tests, five ODIs and a T20 during their tour of England from July 15 to September 16.

    Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir (vice Capt), Abhivan Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Virender Sehwag.
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    Default Fitness of Indian pacers will be crucial in England: Dravid

    LONDON: India's middle-order mainstay Rahul Dravid feels the fitness of the fast bowlers will be crucial to the team's success in the upcoming four-match Test series against England, beginning next week at the Lord's.

    "It's a hard one to call. England are playing at home, so they have that advantage. We're a good side, a settled side, and we've been playing good cricket over the last couple of years. If we can keep our fast bowlers fit, then we'll be very competitive," Dravid said.

    Zaheer Khan will spearhead the Indian attack in the much-anticipated series, with the resurgent Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth or Praveen Kumar likely to support the left-arm seamer.

    The series assumes significance as it will be a contest between the world's numero uno and number three sides in this form of the game.

    The fact that India beat England in their last visit in 2007 will also weigh on the home side's mind, reckoned Dravid.

    "All series are important series. But this one is important because it's a series between two teams that have had good recent records, which gives it a bit more context. We won in England last time, so from that point of view England will want to do better this time," he said.

    As far as key players in the opposition line-up is concerned, Dravid picked Graeme Swann and James Anderson.

    "James Anderson has bowled really well. He's been the trump card. Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner. We first saw him in England bowling here last time and the boys rated him.

    "He's come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers. Swann and Anderson are the key," Dravid was quoted as saying in the August issue of 'The Cricketer'.

    Dravid, who averages over 65 in Tests in England, said Indian batsmen will look to be positive against Swann.

    "He's an attacking bowler and that's one of the things that is different. He's not just looking to contain, he's looking to take wickets. He's not scared to toss the ball up and gets turn with good sideways spin. It will be a good contest against batsmen who are good players against spin, who will not be scared to take him on," Dravid said.

    According to Dravid, the highlight of his 15-year-old illustrious career has been India's rise to become the world's best Test team.

    "I'm really proud that India is the number one Test team. I've seen Indian cricket since 1996 and to be part of this journey and to see India become the No. 1 Test team -- not just for a short period of time because we've now been there for more than a year -- it's something I'm very proud of," he said.
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    Default Tendulkar wants to enjoy England tour, not thinking of 100th ton

    ONDON: A billion-plus fans in India would be expecting a record 100th ton when Sachin Tendulkar walks out to bat against England in the first Test at Lord's but that is the last thing on the batting maestro's mind as he simply wants to enjoy during the tour.

    Tendulkar, who is on a vacation in London with his family, insists that enjoying the game is the key to success.

    "I am not thinking of records," Sachin was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

    "I am just thinking of enjoying this tour. The secret to any performance is not in chasing records. I think about, 'What is the best way to enjoy the game, and how can I enhance that enjoyment factor?'

    "If I enhance the enjoyment then, naturally, the standard of play becomes higher. To me, that is more important. If I am playing well, things can happen. I don't need to go around chasing them. It is a process. You construct a solid foundation and build on it."

    Besides spending time with family, Tendulkar has been training here for the four-Test series while his team mates are set to join him soon from the West Indies.

    Tendulkar said that being in England enables him to balance life by doing thing he will not be able to do in India due to the crazy fan-following.

    "When I spend time in England, it is different. I get to do certain things that I wouldn't be able to do in India: to go into the park with my children, to do whatever they want to do, whether it be a game of soccer or cricket. I enjoy the best of both. The idea is to balance life in India with life away from India, to get the best of both and to be a happy man."

    When asked about retiring from the game he has played for over 20 years, Tendulkar said: "I haven't. I am enjoying every moment. It has been fun. In fact, I am looking at how to enjoy the game more and how to improve the standard of play. It is about getting better. Nobody knows what is going to happen tomorrow. At least today I know that I want to enjoy cricket, to enjoy the moment."
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    Default Eng players advised to follow caution towards Sachin

    Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch have warned that even at the twilight of his international career, Sachin Tendulkar is the biggest threat to England when they take on India in the Test series, starting July 21.
    "Sachin's a different player now from 2007; the best players in the world change little things about themselves to keep themselves in the game.
    "In the last two years he's become more aggressive, he's gone back to his old way of trying to score when for a period he tried to survive," Vaughan told the Cricketer magazine.


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    Chris Tremlett bowled well against him in 2007 and he's a miles better bowler now. But Sachin doesn't have any weaknesses although every batsman is vulnerable on and around the off stump early on. "England might go aggressive at him, test him with a few short balls -- I've seen people do that over the last two years and it hasn't affected him," he added.
    Hussain said Tendulkar has rediscovered his aggressive instincts in recent years.



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    Default Leading the team at Lord's a special honour: Dhoni

    Stepping on the hallowed turf of the 'Home of Cricket' is an honour for any cricketer, and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no exception as he prepares to lead his bunch of world beaters in the first Test at the Lord's on Thursday.
    Dhoni says the privilege of leading his team out against England on Thursday will rank with anything he has achieved in his glorious career.
    "It's obviously big, leading 15 people who have the expectation of 1.2 billion," Dhoni told the Daily Telegraph.
    "It's an honour, it's very special. But at the same time it's an added responsibility. You want the Indian team to win each and every game, which is not possible. Still, that's what you are expected to do."



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    'Captain Cool', in an interview, spoke about how, at times, he feels like moving far away from the madding crowd on one of his 25 motorbikes.
    "If I get the chance," he says, "somewhere in Delhi or Mumbai, I will take my bike out, take the helmet with me and go around for a ride."
    The family man in him comes out once he starts talking about home.
    "Since 2005, I have not spent much time with my family," he said, thinking back to the year of his Test debut against Sri Lanka.
    "In fact, I have spent more time at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai. It was my 100th visit recently, which means I have spent more than 400 days in that hotel, and that is a lot more than I have spent with my family."


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    England

    vs


    India


    Match:
    1st Test
    Venue: Lord's | Date: July 21-25, 2011
    Toss: India elected to field


    India team:
    Zaheer Khan, P Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan, S Raina, S Tendulkar, G Gambhir, V Laxman, R Dravid, A Mukund, MS Dhoni


    England Team:
    A Straussnot,A Cooknot,J Trott,K Pietersen,I Bell,E Morgan,M Prior,S Broad,G Swann,J Anderson,C Tremlett.
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    England 8-0 (5.3) | *A Strauss 2(18) A Cook 5(15)
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    England 41-1 (19) | *A Strauss 18(62) J Trott 9(16)
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    England 103-2 (41) | J Trott 40(72) K Pietersen 17(55)
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    England 127-2 (49.2) | J Trott 58(104) K Pietersen 22(73)
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    zaheer khan probably out of the first two test matches due to a pulled hamstring injury..
    officially not confirmed..harsha bhogle feels so!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Hannibal Smith View Post
    zaheer khan probably out of the first two test matches due to a pulled hamstring injury..
    officially not confirmed..harsha bhogle feels so!
    baaj gaya india ka baand
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    Quote Originally Posted by rishabhd View Post
    baaj gaya india ka baand

    i dont see english bowlers takin' 20 indian wickets on dis lord's deck..when its july n rain interrupts every few mins!

    i wud love to see R P Singh being flown in for da next test..he is an altogether different bowler in swingin' conditions..IPL 2 is a prime example to justify it!

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