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Gambhir and others leave for England

Five Indian cricketers, who were rested from national duty in the just-concluded series in the Caribbean, left for London to participate in the upcoming tour of England.

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2011 01:09 IST

Five Indian cricketers, who were rested from national duty in the just-concluded series in the Caribbean, left for London to participate in the upcoming tour of England.

Vice-captain Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, who had all skipped the series due to injuries and health concerns and Wriddhiman Saha, who was not picked, are making a comeback in the 17-member Test squad against England.

However, the other members of the team, barring little master Sachin Tendulkar, who is already in England, and explosive opening batsman Virender Sehwag, who is recuperating from a shoulder surgery, ill directly move to the country from the West Indies, where they drubbed the home team in all the formats for the first time.

Anderson, Swann are main threats: Dravid
London:
India batting ace Rahul Dravid has highlighted Graeme Swann and James Anderson as England's star bowlers ahead of the teams' much-anticipated Test series starting at Lord's next week.

Fast-medium bowler Anderson is now the unchallenged leader of England's attack while off-break specialist Swann is widely regarded as one of the world's leading spinners.

"James Anderson has bowled really well," said Dravid. "He's been the trump card. Obviously Graeme Swann is a top-class spinner. We first saw him in England bowling here last time he's come on leaps and bounds from then and has become one of their lead bowlers," Dravid added.

Dravid, who averages over 65 in Tests in England, said India's batsmen would look to be positive against Swann.

"He's an attacking bowler and that's one of the things that is different. He's not just looking to contain, he's looking to take wickets. He's not scared to toss the ball."