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Zaheer set to return for Test series against Lanka

cricket Updated: Nov 09, 2009 16:18 IST

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Zaheer Khan is set to return to Test cricket while Ashish Nehra would also fancy a comeback to the longer version after a five-year hiatus when the national selection panel meets here tomorrow to pick the Indian squad for the three-match home series against Sri Lanka.

Zaheer, who returned to first class cricket recently after undergoing a shoulder surgery, is set to bolster India's pace attack.

The selection panel, led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, would be keen to have Zaheer's experience and expertise, which could be crucial if India are to stretch their home record of not losing a Test match to Sri Lanka in their previous 14 encounters.

Fellow left-arm pacer Nehra would also hope to be back in Test cricket, having played the last of his 17 matches back in 2004 against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

What brightens Nehra's prospects is the steep decline of gangling pacer Ishant Sharma who was hailed as a true find one season ago but looks a pale shadow of himself now.

The experienced duo of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are also set to return to lend solidity to India's middle order that looked vulnerable in the 50-over format.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will retain captaincy again but he would be under the scanner for his leadership qualities following India's poor displays in the Twenty20 World Cup in England, the Champions Trophy in South Africa and the home series against Australia.