India in England 2011 July 1, 2011

Sehwag in focus as India pick squad for England

ESPNcricinfo staff

India are set to welcome back Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth to their Test side when the selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to pick the team for the series in England. Virender Sehwag's fitness, though, remains uncertain after he underwent surgery on his shoulder. There have been conflicting reports on how long his recovery will take, but the selectors might risk picking him even if he is a doubt for the first Test, which begins on July 21.

Sreesanth, Gambhir, Sehwag and Zaheer have all spent time rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, and Gambhir and Sreesanth have publicly declared their fitness. Zaheer, too, is expected back. Tendulkar had asked to be rested for the the West Indies tour and should be charged up for England.

M Vijay is likely to retain his place at the top if Sehwag doesn't make the cut but if Sehwag is fit India are unlikely to take an extra opener along - unless they pick a 17-man touring party as they did to South Africa. That squad included two extra quicks, one extra spinner, one extra middle-order batsman, one reserve wicketkeeper and an extra opener.

When everybody is fit, the XI selects itself, with Sreesanth edging out Praveen Kumar as the third pace bowler. Praveen will be one of those extra quicks for sure after his impressive showing in the West Indies, and Munaf Patel and Abhimanyu Mithun will jostle for the final pace place. Munaf, though, wasn't fit for the West Indies Tests, and that could play some role in his selection for England. Amit Mishra will be the extra spinner, Parthiv Patel the reserve keeper, and Vijay the extra opening batsman should India need one.

The final spot remains the one in the middle order. Suresh Raina has all but earned himself the No. 6 slot for the Lord's Test, but the extra middle-order batsman makes for an interesting debate. Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to recover from his injury - he picked up a knee injury during the IPL, when his foot got stuck in the turf as he attempted a sliding save - and is ruled out. Virat Kohli hasn't had a great debut series in the West Indies, and will be challenged by the Man of the Series in the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj was expected to make his Test comeback in the West Indies, but a chest infection kept him away. Now that he is fit, Yuvraj v Kohli, mentor and protégé of sorts, will make for some debate.

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  • Anupam on July 2, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    if a sportsperson injured more than half a year & play like a guest appearance. so only one solution for you take retirement. so many examples are there cairns, nash, twose, flintoff, nick knight, d.martyn, bracken, harvey, trescothick, bond, mark richardson, brett dorey at the age of(29), oram, styris, malinga from test cricket. etc then why not sehwag tendulkar any any other batsman bowler.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Sick of the CSK supporters supporting Vijay. THe guy has played 10 matches and has not even made any sort of correction what-so-ever to his flawed technique against the moving ball. He has 2 50's(One of which was against Bangladesh) and 1 hundred to his name. Mukund despite of all his limitations is trying hard to improve, especially standing further in the crease to give him more time to judge the ball etc., I would prefer him ahead of this pathetic T20 player called Vijay anyday!

  • Pitchumani on July 2, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Cricinfo, what happen to you. so slow to update. Team already announced. 17 Member squad.

    Virender Sehwag will join the team after a fortnight and will therefore miss the first Test at the Lord's.

    MS Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra, Wridhiman Saha and Virender Sehwag.

  • YOGESH on July 2, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    i would suggest that dravid,laxman,sachin & sehwag is no doubtly the best players for the side & for our country, but why we are going with them this is the time we have 2 fill there positions from new players.IPL is over & most of the indian players proved there ability, why cant we choose the new players.Series is important,but as a captain dhoni has proved many times & why not with new players.

  • Ajay on July 2, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    vj is not in a good form. mukund must be taken instead of vj

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Tis ll be my squad for ENG tour

    Openers: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir,Abinav Mukund Middle order: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni (capt), Parthiv Patel Spinners: Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra Pace bowlers: Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel,sreesanth

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Bharathwaj Tremlett >>>>>>>>>>Sharma(by a mile)

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    a semi fit viru is far better than vijay

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    @Balaganesh Jagadeesan & @sumeetpaul. Thanks for joining in! Well I admit its tricky but Trott done better than Dravid in the last year or so. Dravid has had the better career but right now I would pick Trott. As for VVS vs Pietersen, well again a tough one but Pietersen has scored more centuries and has a higher average than Laxman so its not quite as mad a decision as you make out. Don't get me wrong, any team with Dravid and Laxman in it is a good team. The only thing I would call you out on is picking Ishant over Anderson, that is just madness, especially for a series in England. Anyway here's to a good series and a recognition from both sets of fans that trash talk had no place in cricket.

  • RAMAPRASAD on July 2, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    vijay is struggling and seesanth cant perform . praveen,zaheer and ishant will take pace. addll keeper is luxury if kohli is in the squad. Harbhajan should not be in the squad it will be a warning mesg for him from the selection panel

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