India news November 20, 2011

Zaheer's selection for Australia tour to be provisional

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Zaheer Khan's selection in India's squad for the Test series in Australia will be "provisional" and subject to him proving his fitness during Mumbai's next two matches in the Ranji Trophy, ESPNcricinfo has learned. The squad will be picked on November 26 in Mumbai, a day after the national selectors announce the squad for the five-match one-day series against West Indies.

A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that Zaheer would need to prove he is match-fit before flying to Australia. "It would definitely be provisional," the source said of the prospects of Zaheer being included in the squad. Zaheer is likely to play for Mumbai against Orissa in Cuttack from November 29 and against Saurashtra in Rajkot from December 6.

Zaheer injured his right hamstring on the first day of the Lord's Test during the tour of England in July. Though he recovered from that injury, a recurring ankle injury re-surfaced during the practice match against Northampton ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston, forcing Zaheer to abort the series that India eventually lost 4-0.

He underwent ankle surgery and is on the road to peak fitness. In the last month, in addition to his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, Zaheer has been involved in light bowling sessions ahead of Mumbai's home matches against Rajasthan and Karnataka.

Speaking informally to the media he indicated that he did not want to expedite his return. "I am monitoring my fitness on a day-by-day basis. It is looking good but I don't want to say much," Zaheer said. Zaheer pulled out of both India's last two tours to Australia after playing just one Test - with a left heel injury in 2007-08 and with hamstring problems in 2003-04.

For the moment, according to the Mumbai Cricket Association officials, it is certain that Zaheer will play in Cuttack. As for the Rajkot game, Zaheer is likely to take a call based on how he feels against Orissa.

He was seen bowling without any visible difficulty during India's nets at the Wankhede stadium today. He delivered close to five overs against the specialist batsmen in a light training session ahead of the third Test against West Indies.

The India squad is scheduled to depart for Australia in the second week of December. Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron made up the fast-bowling department for the home series against West Indies. Those three are likely to retain their places along with Zaheer, if he is declared fit, with another seamer expected to bolster the pace department.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | November 23, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    IMO, the Squad should be, MS Dhoni (Captain), G Gambhir (Vice Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, V Sehwag, V Kohli, R Ashwin, P Kumar, I Sharma, If fit Z Khan if not U Yadav. This should be the Playing 11. The Back ups are R Sharma, P Patel, P Ojha, V Aron and if Zak is not fit then I Pathan but Dhoni won't like Irfan hence I would like to see MS Gony or if they want only a Left arm fast bowler no chice left then J Unadkat. I think the first 15 picks themselves and only the Final fast bowler spot in trouble that only when Zak is not fit, else the 16 picks themselves. Sorry to miss out Rahane, since we can pick 16 only P Patel is there as back up W/k and Opener and Middle Order back up would be Rohit Sharma if some doesn't want Rohit Sharma then Rahane may replace him but I would pick Rohit ahead of Rahane for Middle order spot in case Virat gets trouble as he was in WI.

  • POSTED BY on | November 23, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Nampally;whoz that left hand seamer who took 11 wkts against Aussies??

  • POSTED BY Sudhakergulf on | November 23, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    The presence of Zaheer will play a huge role, huge in the development of the present bunch of young medium pacers."Even if he doesn't get it right in bowling, the amount of positive energy and experience he shares cannot be matched He brings new ideas, gives the bowlers a lot of confidence. To have Zaheer at mid-on or mid-off is terrific for them, their confidence doubles up. Even if half-fit i feel give chance to Zaheer

  • POSTED BY Sudhakergulf on | November 23, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Zaheer must be asset for indian team his presence in the field supports other young bowlers zhaeer can guide the youngsters in the filed like how to tackle with batsman mind an stuff if he is bowl to fit that in off what i feel.

  • POSTED BY on | November 23, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Now I think Irfan should be given a serious consideration - in 2 Ranjee matches 14 wicket, It's matter..but not sure about Dhoni and Srikant if they given him chance, may be he is looking for RP...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 22, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    I am glad to see some support for inclusion of Irfan Pathan based on his Ranji Trophy performance this year. In 2003 Aussie tour Irfan had done very well as the pace bowler.Irfan can also occupy the #7 spot after Dhoni, in the batting line up.This also permits 2 pace & 2 spinners if India wants to try that combination. The choice of Yuvraj or Jadeja as the second all rounder may be equally good. 5 Fast bowlers could be Ishant, Aaron, Yadev, Irfan Pathan & ZAK (if fit) or else Abu Nechim. Spinners: Ojha &Ashwin. Batsmen: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni(WK), Kohli & P.Patel (WK) - All rounder: Yuvraj or Jadeja + 2 more to make a squad of 18. The last 2 could be Rahane & Rohit Sharma or a leg spinner Rahul Sharma.Australians are weak against left hand bowlers, fast or spin. Murali Kartik did well against them for India. SA left handed seamer took 11 Wkts in the last test agiant the Aussies. So ZAK, Irfan & Ojha will be effective. Rahul will be good with bouncy leg spin.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | November 22, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    RandyOZ, even your famed invincibles could not inflict "5-0". I don't think your attack of Peter popgun siddle, mitchell wayward johnson, pat overhyped cummins and nathan can't spin lyon can do much.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | November 22, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    In recent times (esp since his loss of pace), I have not been in support of Irfan Pathan's inclusion. However, given his recent success in Ranji, I think he should be given a serious consideration - reason being, he has 'been there and done that' and we know he is capable. Also he can bat a bit. A fit IP and Zak would be difficult to handle. Indian pace bowlers for Aus TEST SERIES should be Zak, Ishant, PK, Yadav, Irfan/ Aaron. If the Indian bolwers struggle early in the series to dismiss Aus twice then perhaps Irfan can be used at #6 bat to bolster the bowling attack!

  • POSTED BY SatyajeetPanda on | November 22, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    How can the Ranji match between Orissa and Mumbai be played at Cuttack ? Cuttack is the venue for the 1st odi between WI and Ind on Nov 29.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 22, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    This tussle betwen Nampally on one side and RandyOZ and The bigone. Probably more interesting than the India Australia series will be. I feel it will be a well fought series. Both the former No1's are presently in the recovery process after humiliating losses to none other than the usually villified England. Australia certainly have uncovered a rare champion in Pat Cummins and maybe a decent spinner in Lyon. But they also have an aging middle order. India too has a 2 decade old middle order of all time greats but the younger players are slowly making their mark as well. And with the likes of Kohli there will not be any shortage of theatre and dialogue in lieu of the usual Oz monologue.But the other young guns will do well I think. I mean the Ashwins and Ojhas of the new age.So rather than this endless and comical shadow boxing, let us wait for the real Boxing day. It ipromises to be mouth watering stuff.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | November 23, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    IMO, the Squad should be, MS Dhoni (Captain), G Gambhir (Vice Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, V Sehwag, V Kohli, R Ashwin, P Kumar, I Sharma, If fit Z Khan if not U Yadav. This should be the Playing 11. The Back ups are R Sharma, P Patel, P Ojha, V Aron and if Zak is not fit then I Pathan but Dhoni won't like Irfan hence I would like to see MS Gony or if they want only a Left arm fast bowler no chice left then J Unadkat. I think the first 15 picks themselves and only the Final fast bowler spot in trouble that only when Zak is not fit, else the 16 picks themselves. Sorry to miss out Rahane, since we can pick 16 only P Patel is there as back up W/k and Opener and Middle Order back up would be Rohit Sharma if some doesn't want Rohit Sharma then Rahane may replace him but I would pick Rohit ahead of Rahane for Middle order spot in case Virat gets trouble as he was in WI.

  • POSTED BY on | November 23, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Nampally;whoz that left hand seamer who took 11 wkts against Aussies??

  • POSTED BY Sudhakergulf on | November 23, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    The presence of Zaheer will play a huge role, huge in the development of the present bunch of young medium pacers."Even if he doesn't get it right in bowling, the amount of positive energy and experience he shares cannot be matched He brings new ideas, gives the bowlers a lot of confidence. To have Zaheer at mid-on or mid-off is terrific for them, their confidence doubles up. Even if half-fit i feel give chance to Zaheer

  • POSTED BY Sudhakergulf on | November 23, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Zaheer must be asset for indian team his presence in the field supports other young bowlers zhaeer can guide the youngsters in the filed like how to tackle with batsman mind an stuff if he is bowl to fit that in off what i feel.

  • POSTED BY on | November 23, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Now I think Irfan should be given a serious consideration - in 2 Ranjee matches 14 wicket, It's matter..but not sure about Dhoni and Srikant if they given him chance, may be he is looking for RP...

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 22, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    I am glad to see some support for inclusion of Irfan Pathan based on his Ranji Trophy performance this year. In 2003 Aussie tour Irfan had done very well as the pace bowler.Irfan can also occupy the #7 spot after Dhoni, in the batting line up.This also permits 2 pace & 2 spinners if India wants to try that combination. The choice of Yuvraj or Jadeja as the second all rounder may be equally good. 5 Fast bowlers could be Ishant, Aaron, Yadev, Irfan Pathan & ZAK (if fit) or else Abu Nechim. Spinners: Ojha &Ashwin. Batsmen: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Dhoni(WK), Kohli & P.Patel (WK) - All rounder: Yuvraj or Jadeja + 2 more to make a squad of 18. The last 2 could be Rahane & Rohit Sharma or a leg spinner Rahul Sharma.Australians are weak against left hand bowlers, fast or spin. Murali Kartik did well against them for India. SA left handed seamer took 11 Wkts in the last test agiant the Aussies. So ZAK, Irfan & Ojha will be effective. Rahul will be good with bouncy leg spin.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | November 22, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    RandyOZ, even your famed invincibles could not inflict "5-0". I don't think your attack of Peter popgun siddle, mitchell wayward johnson, pat overhyped cummins and nathan can't spin lyon can do much.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | November 22, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    In recent times (esp since his loss of pace), I have not been in support of Irfan Pathan's inclusion. However, given his recent success in Ranji, I think he should be given a serious consideration - reason being, he has 'been there and done that' and we know he is capable. Also he can bat a bit. A fit IP and Zak would be difficult to handle. Indian pace bowlers for Aus TEST SERIES should be Zak, Ishant, PK, Yadav, Irfan/ Aaron. If the Indian bolwers struggle early in the series to dismiss Aus twice then perhaps Irfan can be used at #6 bat to bolster the bowling attack!

  • POSTED BY SatyajeetPanda on | November 22, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    How can the Ranji match between Orissa and Mumbai be played at Cuttack ? Cuttack is the venue for the 1st odi between WI and Ind on Nov 29.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 22, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    This tussle betwen Nampally on one side and RandyOZ and The bigone. Probably more interesting than the India Australia series will be. I feel it will be a well fought series. Both the former No1's are presently in the recovery process after humiliating losses to none other than the usually villified England. Australia certainly have uncovered a rare champion in Pat Cummins and maybe a decent spinner in Lyon. But they also have an aging middle order. India too has a 2 decade old middle order of all time greats but the younger players are slowly making their mark as well. And with the likes of Kohli there will not be any shortage of theatre and dialogue in lieu of the usual Oz monologue.But the other young guns will do well I think. I mean the Ashwins and Ojhas of the new age.So rather than this endless and comical shadow boxing, let us wait for the real Boxing day. It ipromises to be mouth watering stuff.

  • POSTED BY fiery.zach on | November 22, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    It would be really interesting to see how both the teams go about in the 4 test series. If Zaheer indeed plays, then he will be without any real match practice as a game in the Ranji trophy - that too against a weak opponent like Orissa will give him nothing more than what a net session could give. The two practice matches in Australia ahead of the tests might help him to really assess where he stands in terms of real match fitness. Moreover, I guess Harbhajan might get a recall since he has done well against the Aussies - not recently though - in the past at he expense of either Ashwin or Ojha. For the Aussies, the likes of Ponting, Johnson and Haddin might not be there in the team and given the recent Indian debacle in England against sustained fast short-pitch-bowling, there might be an addition to the pace battery which already has Pat Cummins.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 22, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Welcome - Randyoz & thebigone! After the Australias were skittled for 47 in the first test against SA,Your prediction of 5-0 trouncing by the Aussies in a 4 Match series sounds a bit rich& ridiculous. Australia is in the building process after the trouncing they took from England in back to back Ashes test series. India has just about recovered from the injuries to their batsmen in England tour. so expect full fireworks from Sehwag.ZAK is still not fully recovered. As for your prediction of the Indian bowlers getting strained necks watching the ball fly, it is more likely the ball will land in the safe hands as catches. But even 20 catches will not make bowlers have sore necks!.Aussies are already at #4 and India intend keeping them there. Look for some young guns from India both fast & spin. Carrom balls, Doosra & Googlies will baffle the Aussies!.If Indians avoid injuries it will be a close series with India coming on top 2-1.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | November 22, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Zaheer should not be selected. He is injury prone and fitness cloud hanging over his head. India need young and fit fast bowler. India should consider playing 5 bowlers in Australia, 3 quicks and 2 spinners. This is based on their fitness level and inability to bowl long spells. Extra batsman is not going to make a difference if Shewag, Gambir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Dhoni can not score runs.

  • POSTED BY onedayby4 on | November 22, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    @AllAussieFans I am really amazed at your optimism. The close win against SA must have given you all this renewed confidence. But India is one team that has a mental edge over Australia. Results during the last five years is a testimony. So respect your opposition and stop dreaming about 5-0 whitewash and dont forget what you got from Poms in the last home series. India still has a rock solid batting lineup and some very exciting bowling prospects are rearing their heads. Its exciting time for Indian supporters. For once you like it or not Australia will be the underdog in the series!

  • POSTED BY thebigone on | November 21, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    big trouble for india 3 - 0 on the cards in oz, will be fighting the ozzies for the number 4 slot.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 21, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Send any Indian bowler who is half fit and they will get a neck strain as they continue to watch balls fly over the fence. This Indian series is gonna be the easiest in years. I am predicting a 5-0 whitewash. I know there's only 4 matches, but it is going to be that convincing you may as well call it 5-0.

  • POSTED BY arup_g on | November 21, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Regardless of what anyone says - Zaheer is still key to India's success, especially down under! How do you expect to take Ishant, Aaron, Yadav and win a test series overseas?! Zaheer is very important because yes you need pace on those wickets, but also the accuracy and class which only Zaheer has! The Australia tour will be huge for those 3 younger bowlers - it made Pathan a big part of India's line up back in 2003, and it is always helpful for the quicker bowlers so it's important they play their part. I would expect Ashwin to be the only spinner, with 3 fast bowlers - Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav. Praveen though could play a part on wickets like Brisbane or Melbourne.

  • POSTED BY kmgnath on | November 21, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Zak has to prove his match fitness, and he should really pass 100% fitness test. Zak hs this habit of match unfitness, England series, the earlier Downunder series. Most of the Indian players, never do physical exersies when they are off, its unfortuate, they should hire personal traines to keep them fit. and work. The equation is simple apart from form, the longer you are fit, longer you play.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | November 21, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    @ HusainSundrani - Chance for Irfan? He is appearing in some low life TV shows instead of practicing and working on his bowling. And he dont need a 120 KPH slow and low life bowler, in fact dhoni himself can bowl faster than him.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 21, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    What we need is good inswinging bowler against Australia. Philander got most wickets lbw or bowled. That say aussies struggling against inswing. Steyn did n't do well as much because aussie managed outswing deliveries. Ishant sharma bowl well only when zaheer plays. It is already proven than Ishant sharma don't have brain to do things on his own. He needs a teacher , trainer in the field. Varun arun may have speed , not impressed with his action at all. He can be predictable kinda muhammed sami. we need real fast bowler with high arm action. India need zaheer khan until they find real fast bowler. Umesh Yadav is improving but bowling against aussies is different than west indies batsman

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Good to see some young pace bowlers + irfan pathan is doing well in the Ranji. Pradeep Sangwan,Shami ahmed,Unadkat,Yo Mahesh & Abu Nechim they all got 5 W/I...

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | November 21, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    This is why you have tour games. India will play two tour matches in Aus, so Zaheer should be in the initial squad and his fitness can be tested before the first test.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 21, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    As I mentioned in my earlier write up, a Squad of 18 is a MUST. But knowing BCCI, they are always pennywise & pound foolish. BCCI made a profit of $ 39 Million this year. Their first & most important responsibility is to feedback some of this money into betterment of Cricket. Lessons learnt from the disasterous England tour are 1. Players should be chosen on their current Form & Fitness 2.Tour with a Squad of 18 instead of 15 - it is difficult to make fast replacement for injuries. 3. Arrive few weeks early when Touring & get prepared with the pitch, playing & living conditions.To start with ZAK is still far from fit like Sehwag was with his injured shoulder before England tour. Choose a young guy who is fit & in form such as Abu Nechim Ahmad, for example.Let ZAK recover fully for the next series against England.Indian youngsters are doing well.India has 3 good seamers & 3 Spinners. India needs 2 more seamers - P.Kumar, Vinay,Abu Nechim &Sree are available.Fit guys are always Winners.

  • POSTED BY HusainSundrani on | November 21, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    i think IRFAN shoud gin a chance as he have taken more than 15 wickets in 2 matches

  • POSTED BY symsun on | November 21, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    BCCI shud learn from the England tour. We don't want players just to be included that they are big bullies. They join the party bowl for 10 balls and spoil the party. We have enough strength from youth to replace these chokers. Just like Sehwag in England tour, Zaheer trying to enter the team as soon as possible, as each place in XI is being challenged by young talents. Allow enough rest to Zaheer. Let him prove and regain his spot. Off-course no one will deny him the chance, if he is firing at stumps.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Everyone know the need of Zaheer being on the plane DownUnder even if his fitness remains questionable after 2 Ranji games. There would still be 2 weeks after those games and knowing our CricketBoard its a no brainer. @anikbard About the 17 players I would actually like to see 2 of Virat, Rohit or Pujara in the Team. Really want Pujara batting at No. 6 ahead of those two. If Zaheer could be selected provisionally ....will the olive branch will be extended for Pujara too.

  • POSTED BY nithy34 on | November 21, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    see Australia struggled by the swing bowler philander in the current series who has taken two wicket haul......so it's better to take Irfan pathan who is our current best swing bowling allrounder, he will surely win matches for india.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 21, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Other talented batsman to emerge from Ranji - Manish Pandey, A Nayar, Uthappa

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Just learnt that Irfan Pathan took 5 wickets twice in two Ranji matches. If Zaheer sits out and they go for another left arm bowler, it should be Pathan.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 21, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Firstly, there is no earthly reason why we cannot take a team of 18 players. This business of taking just 15 or 16 players is only a customary practice probably done to minimise expenditure. The BCCI is rich enough to bear the additional expenditure caused by taking 18 players. That means for 3 additional players. Secondly, nine players out of 18 could be sent earlier to get the feel of the place in cricketing terms.The teams for the ODIs against West Indies should have a whole lot of new comers. The names that spring to mind are, Ankit Bawne,Mandeep Singh,Manish Pandey,Manoj Tiwari Abhinav Mukund Piyush Chawla,R P Singh,Vinay Kumar( if they do not go to Australia) Abhishek Nayyar,and the like. That way even if the big names do not play the team representing India can still be very good and we will get to know the strength of the bench strength.I feel that India is on the cusp of a new period of domination. The BCCI has to be more perceptive in planning.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    if india want to prove themselves as a best team in test they have to win the series aganist auatralia. for that most importantly sachin has to make his historic achievement aganist westindies in mumbai, so that he will feel free in australia and can play his natural game, it will be a big plus for india. next is zaheer, he is always been the match winner so he has to be fit aganist australia series.which he will prove in ranji trophy, harbajan singh is always at his best aganist ausies, so he has to be selected, i think dhoni has to be rested in the third test aganist wi.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 21, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    @Naresh28 I'm not sure I agree with that logic. There may be plenty of batters but all players should have to prove their fitness. When Gambhir was injured in Eng Dravid had to open and VVS had to move up the order to 3. After injuries, batsmen need match time as much as bowlers to prove form as well as fitness. IMO it's better to go with fit bowlers who may be inexperienced rather than risk an experienced matchwinner who is not 100% fit. Ind may lose a series or two without Zaheer and in any case this is preparing for the future he retires. We will face the same succession issues with our middle order when the Big 3 eventually retire but for me there is no way around lack of fitness other than to get fit and to prove it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    lol sme1 here said aaron is the best bowler we have at the moment...dude/dudette ru sure u r talkin abt Indian cricket? Zaheer is by far the best seamer we have currently..good lord he is right up there with steyn and umar gul.. interesting to see if irfan wil get the nod..i highly doubt though.. some1 also spoke abt jadeja..i think hes better off in the odis..nt test material..som1 also mentioned sharma as the 6th batsman....hmm..i think pujara is a better choice..he definitely has a better technique than the sharmas and the kohlis..pace attack- khan,pk,aaron,ishant and yadav..spin- ashwin,ojha.. sad harbhajan's career might be over..

  • POSTED BY wadaplaya on | November 21, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    @ ABP235 Jadeja is a better bowler than Irfan...they both bowl at around the same pace but Jadeja can turn the ball..Ha!...There is more to Zaheer that the overs that he bowls....Just his presence is a big plus for the Indian side..

    @anikbrad What's wrong with your caps lock key mate?

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    My Playing Level Sehwag, Gambir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishanth, Umesh, Zaheer The Rest Four Virat, Ojha, Aaron, Parthiv Patel.

    I want the Sharma guy to be tested there instead of Virat Kohli, that guy for sure needs a chance and he is a worth class player.

  • POSTED BY ABP235 on | November 21, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Despite the fact that he has been no.1 bowler for India for sometime (whenever he was fit), it is dangerous to take him to Australia if we cannot get his full services there. I am also not convinced if Ishant has retained the same ability that he had shown in the previous Australia series. I am very hopeful of Yadav and Aaron to succeed in Aus, along side PK. We must have two more pacemen for the series, selectors will go for Ishant, and the last slot should go to Irfan Pathan due to his allround capability. BCCI is wealthy enough to send 17 players, so it should have 5 pacers and 3 spinners (Ashwin, Ozha and Rahul Sharma, no Harbhajan please), 2 keepers (I want to see Parthiv or D. Karthik as 2nd keeper which provides an opening option if Sehwag or Gambhir is injured) and 7 batsmen (Top 5 select themselves, plus Kohli and Rohit completes the list). Irfan is good enough to bat at No.6 or 7 (depends on where MSD bats) on a pitch that needs an extra pacer/ bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Praveen kumar isn't dropped ....he is rested ,,,a very smart move...i think zak yadav ishant aaron and kumar will form the pace contingent of the indian team for the australian tour in december

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    well i think the team managment .captain coach bcci selectors hav learnt from the dismal tour of eng and i think zak should bowl 20-25 overs in innigs get wickets in the ranji games = in practice games in aus and then only we should include him for boxing day not lave a fit and in form bowler out but if he is there palying well india chances go up sky high zak i wont say is the best bowler currently in world but best leader of an attack seeing the kind of attack we have and do well with that . we have done well when aus were on their peak in last 2 tours i dont see any reasons why we wont do well

  • POSTED BY wadaplaya on | November 21, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    @NRI You have got to be kidding me. Aaron and Umesh put together don't possess enough skills to challenge Zak superiority. In any case, Aaron had just played 2 ODIs, so don't jump the gun as yet. As we saw in England the most important cog in the Indian juggernaut is Zaheer.Umesh will have hit work cut out given that the likes of Watson, Hussey, Clarke etc. are a whole different breed compared to the West Indian batting line up.As of now Zaheer is irreplaceable and without him we don't even stand a chance to draw let alone win the series in Australia.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | November 21, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    He is supremely unfit. Pl. do not select him. Even if he proves his fitness now, he will abort the series midway with some injury. Instead select someone young and fit in his place.

  • POSTED BY anikbrad on | November 21, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Why every body IS SO CONSERNED FOR TEAM SELECTION OF INDIA. THE TEAM IS ALREADY SELECTED ITSELF. ITS 17 MEMBER TEAM AND AS STATED BY SRIKANT- 8BATSMEN, 2 WK, 5 PACERS, 2 SPNINERS. THE TEAM FOR AUSTRALIA: BATSMEN- SHEWAG/GAMBHIR/ RAHANE/ SACHIN/ DRAVID/LAXMAN/ KOHLI/ROHIT--- WK- DHONI/SAHA-- PACERS- ZAHIR/ISHANT/ PRAVEEN/AARON/ UMESH--- SPINNERS - ASWIN/OJHA. DO ANYONE THING OF ANY CHANGES TO THE TEAM. IF ANY ONE THINGS THERE WILL BE ANY DIVIATIONS (EVEN IF THEY ARE SELECTORS) THEY ARE MAD OR DONT UNDERSTAND CRICKET. ONLY FIGHT IS SAHA OR PARTHIV AS THE RECENT OUTING OF PARTHIV IS NOT EXCELLENT AND AS THE SELECTION IS GOING THEY ARE KEEPING SAHA FOR TEST AND PARTHIV FOR ODI.

  • POSTED BY GowharGeelani on | November 21, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Zaheer Khan [Zak] is an exceptional talent and is a proven match winner for India. See his magnificent performances in the world cup 2011; his wickets at crucial junctures when the team needed them the most...Had it not been the brilliance of Zak with the ball and all-round match winning performances from Yuvraj [Yuvi] through out the tournament, India would never be the world champs again. It is another matter that by just playing one innings in the finals on the flat track of Mumbai, the MSD stole the show, otherwise he had a poor world cup. I haven't seen anyone more luckier than Dhoni! He didn't do anything in South Africa, West Indies and England test series [all away from home], but now hit a century at home, people will talk about his heroics now. I'm afraid Dhoni doesn't deserve a place in the test side, there are far more better wicket-keeper batsmen in India. Anyway, Zak is the best bowler India has ever produced after Kumble and J Sreenath. Zak, get well soon, Gowhar Geelani

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | November 21, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    India's 'pace bowlers' for the Aust tour should consist of ZAK, ISHANT, PK, YADAV & AARON!!! Provided they are all fit and injury-free, these 5 pace bowlers tick all the boxes. Ideally, I would like to have seen Yadav & Aaron with a few more test matches under their belt...but unfortunately that is a lack of planning and foresight from our selectors and Dhoni. Looking forward to the Aust tour, both Yadav and Aaron should play the final test against WI. Would have been great if one of these 5 men could bat as well!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Aus series ..1st test is on 26 dec .. 1 months time. why this fuss . zaheer should prove his fitness anyway! but without zaheer ..india have no chance whatever in Aus ..expect 4-0 or 3-0 in Aus favour. After watching India in England . I sure Aus would go for fast bouncing pitches. India's batting looks weak. Sehwag is not 50% of what he used to be 3-4 yrs back, Sachin is fading & he is playing only due to sponsors contract commitment & personal benefits. Dravid & Laxman are also slowly fading..but are still worthy enough to be in the team. Dhoni is intelligent & gutsy but tat's not enough to win in Aus. Gambhir's weakness on incoming delivery is not a secret anymore; great candidate for LBW or bowled. Selectors have no choice but to gamble again & pick Zaheer, India's only hope.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | November 21, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    YADAV & AARON are a MUST for the Aust tour - they are not only bowlers of immence pace and potential but their selection will also send a GREAT MESSAGE to the young 'pace bowlers' in India - to strive for pace and you will be rewarded!

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | November 21, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Very good decision by selectors. It seems Mohinder Amarnath is doing a great job! Zaheer is not above the law, and must prove his fitness. In fact, other bowlers also MUST play 1 Ranji match at least.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 21, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay I feel the reason for a two ploicy approach is the fact that batsman reserves are plentyful. Bowlers(esp pace) are fairly thin. Pace bowling requires lots of fitness and hence Zaheer's stress test. Its not that Zaheer's quality is being questioned, its because he is the leading bowler in India and very critical to the side.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 21, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Everyone will be gunning for a 3-0 win versus Windies. I say it is better to rest players like Dhoni and Ishant experiment with some of the youngsters particularly the ones that have not played up to now.Some of the stalwarts have already proved their form. This will give the selectors some sort of idea on their quality. Mind you Windies bowlers are good, so a good opportunity.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Well whats the need to announce the test squad to australia even before the commencement of the one day leg of the WI tour.Ridiculous!! What if the selected player gets injured OR see a sudden dip in form during the ODI phase. I really can't understand the logic behind this!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Why not play him in one of the ODIs instead of a ranji game that no one's going to watch?

  • POSTED BY SanjuMenon on | November 21, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I agree with Sudarshanj. There are quality bowlers in India that Sreesanth. Sreesanth should prove his form to be selected to play for his home district...Ernakulam, unfortunatley, too mine. People would ask the question soon after every selection is made...where is Sreesanth? Where is Uthappa? Whaere is Pathans? Hello....only 15 can be selected! As all of us are saying if Zaheer proves his match fitness (i seriously doubt though), he should be an automatic choice in the playing XI. I would also suggest to send him to Australia alongwith the team as a bowling coach if he is not physically fit as well.

  • POSTED BY Srini88 on | November 21, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    P.Kumar was our best bowler in England. Anyone know why he is dropped for this WI tour?

  • POSTED BY awalia on | November 21, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    I am sorry, but i think Zaheer is Over now, a Injured 32+ Fast Bowler with a low Wicket Taking Ability app. 3 in a test is nothing more than a burden.

    Happy Retirement Mr. ZAHEER KHAN

  • POSTED BY Srini88 on | November 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    He is one more like sehwag, gambhir who thinks he is an automatic selection and is above the game. A team player is someone who delivers when a team is in need. Where did he go when he was needed in England. He should have played even if 50% fit.

  • POSTED BY saurab2 on | November 21, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Let me inform most of you that Pujara is injured and out of action for more than few months. Therefore, it will be difficult for him to get selected for Australian tour. However, i wish him speedy recovery not only of health but also his form as well. As far as bowling department is concerned, i hope Zaheer makes it to the flight along with Praveen Kumar, Ishant, Umesh and Varun to see the pace department. Ojha and Ashwin handling the spin department. Zaheer is also important to juniors as not only he brings in confidence in them, he shares his experience with them as well, helping them to learn so many other tricks of the trade as well.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | November 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Zak is being asked to prove his fitness because he has left India in lurch midway more than once. Next time may very well be the last time for him - Indian selectors is growing tired of reputations. [Btw, I am a huge Zaheer Khan fan and personally I enjoy watching him more than _any_ Indian bowler I have ever seen]. @NRI- : Kindly share the magic recipe for your unequivocal rankings.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    There is no point taking Pravin to Australia!!!He can fair batter in swinging conditions with his miliatary pace!!!My Fast Bowlers for Australia are Varun,Umesh,zaheer,ishant,srisanth though i m overambitious but i guess if they can take abu nechim with them,it will be great,he bowls around 90 mph..Good prospect!!

  • POSTED BY bMike on | November 21, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Zaheer might be a bowling hero for India but he's an average bowler in world cricket so no need to go after him if he's not fit. India might never get an opportunity again to play all world cup matches at home with home friendly conditions. So if India want to win a world cup again in this century the best thing they can do is finding some new good bowlers

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 6:27 GMT

    yeah we know how great he is..play for the ipl, loose out on 1st day of the first test....any bowler will be fresh after taking rest for almost alternate series

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | November 21, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    My Test Squad for Australian tour is as follows: 1. M.S. Dhoni (Captain and Wicket Keeper) 2. Gambhir (Vice-Captain) 3.Sehwag 4.Rahane (3rd Opener) 5.Dravid 6.Tendulkar 7.Laxman 8.Rohit 9.Pujara 10.Ashwin 11. Ojha 12.Zaheer 13. Ishant 14. Yadav 15.Aaroon 16. Praveen kumar 17. Irfan Pathan (All rounder) 18.Dinesh Kartik (2nd wk) Stand by: 1.Mukund (Back-up opener) 2.Kohli (Back-up Middle order Batsmen) 3.Rahul Sharma (Back up Spinner) 4.Jaidev Unadkat (Left arm medium Fast) 5. Abu Nechim (Right arm medium Fast) Stand by should be with the team if there is any one gets injured and also the young players will get the chance to know the conditins of Australia as again after 3 years we are going to tour there.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | November 21, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    India does have a couple of new bowlers- who can bowl fast- 140+. Still, if Zaheer is unable to make it, it may be useful to look at another 'oldie' Irfan Pathan who is bowling reasonably well in Ranji. In helpful conditions in Australia, he may be useful- remember his last performance at Perth.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    this indian selection committee is just playing specially srikanth, no body is looking for allrounders like IRfan Pathan, he is performing good in the ranji trophy both matches against haryana he took 6 wickets and against Tamil Nadu he took 8 wickets why the indian selection is ignoring him, even dhoni said that the indian team missing one seam alrounder when they lost clean sweep in test and oneday in england, these bowlers like aron, umesh yadav take them to australia this time india will go all the matches with innings defeat if they dont thnk of allrounders in the team for OZ tour. dont play with the carriers for good players

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | November 21, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    C'mon Zak please get fit fast. If Zaheer is back our bowling will look potent. I think India's pace bowling for Australia should be Zaheer, Ishant, yadav, Aaron and Praveen Kumar. Like India had done in some series in the past, where they took Unadkat and Yadav at net bowlers, they should take Abu Nechim and Sudeep Tyagi (both in the 140Kmph+ category) as net bowlers. This will be a good grooming experince for these guys as well as provide the team with good backup in case of injuries. For the test series they should go with only two spinners-Ashwin and Ojha. Regarding batsmen, I think they should include Kohli, Abinav Mukund and Rahane in the squad. I dont think Pujara though talended can be selected this time as he has not even started playing Ranji trophy after a long injury layoff. Yuvraj and Raina should be there only in the ODI squad. All the other batsmen select themselves.

  • POSTED BY palkiadialgaarceus on | November 21, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    Zaheer should continue his magic with the ball in Australia. I felt he was the main factor in the 4-0 loss against england. I don't think India will rely ion him as heavily in Australia as thsy have new bowlers, but he will be key.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Where is Praveen Kumar ........The best bowler for India in England ...why is not playing for India ....instead he is playing for UP in Ranji Matches ???? Anyone reply ......

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 21, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    @NRI- : How bad u insult a legend like Zak? Varun and Umesh are the best two fast bowlers? What has Varun done until now even in domestic? Then you ll say Manoj Tiwary is better than Sachin, VVS and Rahul just because he scored 200 in last Ranji match?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 21, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    I feel Zaheer need to be picked in the tour though shouldnot be rushed to play.. Let him play in the couple of Ranji matches and also in the warmups.. All we need to do is to keep him match fit(Provided he is medically fit).. I wouldn't worry about his form.. He is a genius and can regain it anytime.. He is the fulcrum of the bowling attack and he MUST be there in the squad if fit.. We had Ojha as the leader of attack in WI tour.. Cant expect a spinner to lead the attack in Australia.. We do need a stawart and there is none better than Zaheer i nfast bowling department..

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | November 21, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    I m feeling that Zak will comeback to Play in the first Test and then he will be Injured once again. I would be Happy if he continue to play in all 4 Tests. I would like to See Zak, PK and Ishant/U Yadav as our 3 seamers and if Zak is not Fit PK, Ishant and U Yadav as main bowlers and V Aron as back up. Spinners will be either P Ojha/R Ashwin. This should be the Bowlers in the Squad. If Zak not fit then pick MS Gony as he is in fine form for Punjab with 14 wickets from 3 matches

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Umesh and Aaron will be a flop in Aus tour ..!!! Bring on Sreesanth

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    17 for Test Team for Australia - Openers - Sehwag - Gambhir - Rahane Middle Order - Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Kohli Wicketkeeper - Dhoni, Parthiv Patel Fast Bowlers - Ishant, Yadav, Aaron, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan Spinners - Ojha and Ashwin

  • POSTED BY ponnu_KKR on | November 21, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Please give a chance to Irfan.. He is a very good all rounder.

  • POSTED BY Raju_Iyer on | November 21, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Well said Syed Ali Raza - Besides taking crucial wickets himself, Zaheer helps to bring out the best of others like Ishant, I can't seem to remember Zaheer being out of form for a long long time...

  • POSTED BY fearless69 on | November 21, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Zaheer is not required to prove his form.. He'll gain his form from the moment he'll bowl the first delivery.. Only concern is fitness.. I'm sure if he is fit enough, his performance in upcoming ranji matches won't matter at all.. He is an automated selection..

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 21, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Pujara, Ajinkye Rahane, Kohli, Zaheer, Ishant, Varun Aaron, Aswin, Ojha should be picked for Australian tour, no place for Bhajji.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 21, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    i hope Pujara is selected for Australian tour, he is future of Indian cricket

  • POSTED BY Sudarshanj on | November 21, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    I am just glad that we finally got rid of srisanth. Most mediocre bowler we ever had. Cant believe people still considering him for india.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 21, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    all the best Zaheer, take care of your fitness, bowl well in the ranji matches, you need to destroy Australia down under

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | November 21, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @TRAM when sehwag got injured, was he asked to prove his fitness as well as score runs heavily in domestic matches. Zaheer is now a senior member in the team, show some respect, we dont have any bowler like him at the moment. If zaheer shouldnt be selected because he could not take wickets against orissa, then all I have to say that Ishant should also not be selected for the Oz tour because he couldnt really take many wickets against the west indies.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 21, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Form & Fitness are the top indicators for selection. ZAK is suspect in both. It is best not to risk him for the Australian tour.Let ZAK rest and be ready for the following series after Australian. It will be rushing him into jeopardising his career. Yadev, Aaron, Ishant are 3 most likely. In addition it is best to take a young gun like Abu Nechim Ahmad. He played well in the India A which did so well in England & Australia, with Abu one of the leading wicket takers.He also did well in Ranji games. With 4 guys under 24, the fitness & 100% effort is guaranteed. Either P.Kumar or Vinay Kumar may be taken as the fifth seamer.India may have to play one all rounder who can bowl+ 6 batsmen + 3 seamers + 1 spinner.So it may become a battle of All rounders - Yuvraj, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja, Raina.It may be necessary to select both Irfan & Yuvraj/jadeja. This gives an option of going with either 2 or 3 Seamers.Irfan took wickets in Ranji & also scored runs as did Jadeja.Squad of 18 is a Must.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | November 21, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    India's best fast bowler at this time is Aaron and the next best is Yadav. Praveen and Ishant have done okay. Zaheer is the THIRD bowler for the XI behind Aaron & Yadav but that is provided he is fit to bowl 40-50 overs over a 5 day period. After England, people should not even utter the word Sreesanth or Munaf, that's how bad they have been. They could not even get wickets of the county batsmen on bowling tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Some so called legends also start need to play Ranji Trophy ! there should not be any auto selection anymore for not match fit players. Hopefully Praveen kumar gets in the team for Aus tests, Sreesanth need to prove that hes match fit and in form other wise no point picking him. Umesh Yadav,Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron should retain their places.Spin department should go to Ohja and Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY cric7 on | November 21, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    yikes....does BCCI have guts to ask Sachin to do the same when he will get injured? Zak is bowling Sachin. When he is fit just grab him and play in Team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    I think zaheers been the best indian pace bowler and a fit zaheer means wickets. I dont knw why when it comes to zaheer questions come first - is he fit? is he in form? what if he breaks down again? and we keep forgetting the fact that zaheer has been our major game changer in the recent years. when was the last time we ever saw him out of form. There is no doubt that if zaheer is fit he is an automatic selection in the indian team, we lost in england because no other bowler could do what zaheer did on the first day - take wickets. So if zaheer is fit, then india would definitely be a strong unit in Australia!!

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | November 20, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Add Praveen Kumar and/or Sreesanth to the quartet and we will have a very lethal bowling attack. However, they need to be fit. Both Zaheer and Ishant are very much likely to get injured during the series and that could cause huge problems for the team. I was of the opinion that Aussies were going to win the series comfortably by 2 tests. However, if these bowlers are fit, India may be able to get a draw.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 20, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Is he expected to just show only his fitness (in the Ranji match)? Should he not take wickets, to prove his level of bowling?

  • POSTED BY on | November 20, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    good to see indian selectors learning thier leason with zaheer khan.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 20, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Is 2 Ranji games really enough to satisfy fitness concerns particularly given Zaheer's injuries' list in recent years. What happens if he only bowls a handful of overs in these 2 games? Or what if Zaheer passes the fitness but not the form test? Also there seems to be inconsistency in the application of this particular policy when you consider that Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar and Yuvraj were all injured prior to the current 1st WI series and yet none of these players proved their fitness before being selected for the squads and yes I know the openers have made quick starts in the 2 matches so far. I am a big fan of Zaheer because when he's in form he's an outstanding bowler and the best one we have, but at the moment, his conditional selection seems like a token gesture to keep concerned fans quiet and make him go through the motions to green light him to Aus.

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  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 20, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Is 2 Ranji games really enough to satisfy fitness concerns particularly given Zaheer's injuries' list in recent years. What happens if he only bowls a handful of overs in these 2 games? Or what if Zaheer passes the fitness but not the form test? Also there seems to be inconsistency in the application of this particular policy when you consider that Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar and Yuvraj were all injured prior to the current 1st WI series and yet none of these players proved their fitness before being selected for the squads and yes I know the openers have made quick starts in the 2 matches so far. I am a big fan of Zaheer because when he's in form he's an outstanding bowler and the best one we have, but at the moment, his conditional selection seems like a token gesture to keep concerned fans quiet and make him go through the motions to green light him to Aus.

  • POSTED BY on | November 20, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    good to see indian selectors learning thier leason with zaheer khan.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 20, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Is he expected to just show only his fitness (in the Ranji match)? Should he not take wickets, to prove his level of bowling?

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | November 20, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Add Praveen Kumar and/or Sreesanth to the quartet and we will have a very lethal bowling attack. However, they need to be fit. Both Zaheer and Ishant are very much likely to get injured during the series and that could cause huge problems for the team. I was of the opinion that Aussies were going to win the series comfortably by 2 tests. However, if these bowlers are fit, India may be able to get a draw.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    I think zaheers been the best indian pace bowler and a fit zaheer means wickets. I dont knw why when it comes to zaheer questions come first - is he fit? is he in form? what if he breaks down again? and we keep forgetting the fact that zaheer has been our major game changer in the recent years. when was the last time we ever saw him out of form. There is no doubt that if zaheer is fit he is an automatic selection in the indian team, we lost in england because no other bowler could do what zaheer did on the first day - take wickets. So if zaheer is fit, then india would definitely be a strong unit in Australia!!

  • POSTED BY cric7 on | November 21, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    yikes....does BCCI have guts to ask Sachin to do the same when he will get injured? Zak is bowling Sachin. When he is fit just grab him and play in Team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Some so called legends also start need to play Ranji Trophy ! there should not be any auto selection anymore for not match fit players. Hopefully Praveen kumar gets in the team for Aus tests, Sreesanth need to prove that hes match fit and in form other wise no point picking him. Umesh Yadav,Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron should retain their places.Spin department should go to Ohja and Ashwin.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | November 21, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    India's best fast bowler at this time is Aaron and the next best is Yadav. Praveen and Ishant have done okay. Zaheer is the THIRD bowler for the XI behind Aaron & Yadav but that is provided he is fit to bowl 40-50 overs over a 5 day period. After England, people should not even utter the word Sreesanth or Munaf, that's how bad they have been. They could not even get wickets of the county batsmen on bowling tracks.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 21, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Form & Fitness are the top indicators for selection. ZAK is suspect in both. It is best not to risk him for the Australian tour.Let ZAK rest and be ready for the following series after Australian. It will be rushing him into jeopardising his career. Yadev, Aaron, Ishant are 3 most likely. In addition it is best to take a young gun like Abu Nechim Ahmad. He played well in the India A which did so well in England & Australia, with Abu one of the leading wicket takers.He also did well in Ranji games. With 4 guys under 24, the fitness & 100% effort is guaranteed. Either P.Kumar or Vinay Kumar may be taken as the fifth seamer.India may have to play one all rounder who can bowl+ 6 batsmen + 3 seamers + 1 spinner.So it may become a battle of All rounders - Yuvraj, Irfan Pathan, Jadeja, Raina.It may be necessary to select both Irfan & Yuvraj/jadeja. This gives an option of going with either 2 or 3 Seamers.Irfan took wickets in Ranji & also scored runs as did Jadeja.Squad of 18 is a Must.

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | November 21, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @TRAM when sehwag got injured, was he asked to prove his fitness as well as score runs heavily in domestic matches. Zaheer is now a senior member in the team, show some respect, we dont have any bowler like him at the moment. If zaheer shouldnt be selected because he could not take wickets against orissa, then all I have to say that Ishant should also not be selected for the Oz tour because he couldnt really take many wickets against the west indies.