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July 31, 2014
Naman Ojha, the wicketkeeper-batsman, has got his maiden Test call-up taking the place of the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the Old Trafford Test against England starting on August 7.
"Wriddhiman Saha is injured and will soon return to India," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. "Ojha will replace him as the back-up wicketkeeper."
Ojha, 31, has been in a rich vein of form with the India A side that toured Australia in July. He struck three centuries, including a maiden double-ton in two first-class matches. Ojha's last stint with the national side was in June 2010 for a limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe, but is yet to make his Test debut. He has 6877 runs from 101 first-class matches, putting his average at 42.71. As wicketkeeper, he has 288 catches and 34 stumpings.
Ojha's return to the national set-up came on the back of a productive season for Madhya Pradesh in the last Ranji Trophy: 835 runs from seven matches, his best returns in over a decade of domestic cricket. He was able to capitalise on that form against Australia A striking an unbeaten 219 off 250 balls in his first hit and adding a further 101 not out in the second innings at Brisbane. He was dismissed only once during the entire tour, and that after scoring 110 in the next drawn first-class game.
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