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India set to recall Sehwag

The dashing opener pushes his claim with a ton in the tour match, with Anil Kumble saying he is almost certain to be picked.

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2008 15:46 IST
Julian Linden

India are poised to recall Virender Sehwag for the third Test against Australia starting at the WACA on Wednesday as the tourists look to keep the series alive.

The dashing opener pushed his claim with a century in the tour match in Canberra at the weekend and captain Anil Kumble said he was almost certain to be picked.

"We still have to have a final look at the pitch but in all probability Sehwag will come in," Kumble told a news conference on Tuesday.

Sehwag's inclusion would force the Indians to reshuffle their batting lineup, Kumble said, with the most likely scenario being Wasim Jaffer retains his place and opens the batting with Sehwag.

Rahul Dravid, who opened in the first two Tests, would revert back to his normal position at number three while Vangipurappu Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly would all drop back one spot with Yuvraj Singh likely to be dropped.

"I think we'll stick to the regular batting order that we've had and have the quality of Dravid at three," Kumble said.

"It's not a question of finalising the batting order, it's just a matter of going out there and getting the runs, that's something we need to do. The quality is there."