Kartik joins Indian team in Australia

A new twist has been added to the Indian Test campaign in Australia, with the team management summoning Murali Kartik, the 27-year-old left-arm spinner, to join the squad in Australia on the eve of the second Test which starts at the Adelaide Oval on December 12.

Sourav Ganguly confirmed the news, and said that "All three spinners will be be in contention for the Adelaide Test."

Kartik, who has been the most impressive spinner on the domestic circuit this season, left India late last night and is expected to arrive in Australia at around 10pm local time.

However, the addition of Kartik, who was considered unlucky to have missed out from the original tour party, further reinforces the belief that the Indian team management are considering spin as a serious option for the remaining Tests.