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Jaffer dropped for Adelaide Test

Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Kaarthick have been named in the last 12 but the team management will finalise the playing 11 on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Jan 23, 2008 20:42 IST

A resurgent India have dropped struggling opener Wasim Jaffer but were still undecided on whether to opt for a five-pronged bowling attack as they go into the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday seeking to level the four-match series.

Jaffer, who has failed in his six innings in the series so far, has been omitted from the shortlisted 12 for the crucial game which India needs to win to square the series 2-2.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who sat out in Perth where India recorded one of their greatest overseas victories, and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kaarthick have been named in the 12 but the team management has decided to wait till Thursday before finalising the playing 11.

With the Adelaide Oval expected to assist the slow bowlers on the last two days, Harbhajan stands a good chance of playing the match.

The Indians also have the option of going in with a five-pronged bowling attack, in which case Kaarthick may have to perform the 12th man's duties. But if they stick to the conventional four-man attack, Kaarthick is almost certain to don the opener's role at the expense of a paceman.

"There are a few possibilities but we would like to take another look at the pitch. It (five bowlers) is an option and that is something we will definitely assess," skipper Anil Kumble said.