India squad announced for first two tests against Australia

India vs Australia 2013 Live Streaming News

India vs Australia 2013 test series is just round the corner. Once again we all can enjoy India vs Australia live streaming cricket on ESPN and Star Cricket HD. Just a recent advancement related to this test series, India has announced its test squad for first two test matches.

Squad is as follows:
MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Murali Vijay, Ishant Sharma

Gautam Gambhir has been underperforming since a long time now and finally he was axed from the test squad. He was replaced by Shikhar Dhawan. Gambhir will however be the skipper of India A in a practice game against Australia which begins on 16th February. He is keen to make a mark and regain his place in the Indian squad. Another surprise pick was Harbhajan Singh who was regularly an irregular customer in the squad makes a breakthrough this time into the squad replacing Piyush Chawla.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who was highly impressive in ODI series against Pakistan and England made a place in the Indian test squad against Australia. Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav were sidelined due to injuries. Spin department looks promising with R Ashwin, P Ojha and Harbhajan.

Murali Vijay scored a brilliant century in Irani Trophy against the Ranji trophy winners Mumbai. After an average form in Ranji this year he struck form with this century and entered the squad. Suresh Raina who seems to be in brilliant form in all forms of the game was unfortunate to not get a place in the squad.

Cricket fans are ever excited to see Sachin Tendulkar play. The interest to see him play will be more due to two reasons. First he has already retired from limited overs of cricket so test cricket remains to be the only international format where he will play for some more time. On the other hand he has always performed well against Australia.

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