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Fit Yuvraj Singh eyes Test team berth against visiting England

Ashutosh Sharma  Chandigarh, October 12, 2012
First Published: 00:00 IST(12/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:06 IST(12/10/2012)

 After a successful comeback to the shortest version of the game in the recently concluded World Cup T20, Yuvraj Singh has now set his sights on making it to the Indian Test squad for the upcoming home series against England.

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Yuvraj, who is all set to take to the field for North Zone in the semifinals of Duleep Trophy in Hyderabad, said that with time his body is regaining strength, stamina and endurance.

"Technically, I have three four-day matches before the team for England series is announced. I think that will be enough for me to stake my claim," said the southpaw, who made a comeback in September after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer.

The series against England, which starts from mid-November, features four Test matches followed by two T20 games before the visitors head home for a new year break only to come back in January for a five-match ODI series.

Yuvraj said the domestic outings would put things in perspective for him as to how much his body has recovered. "I took a break after coming back from Sri Lanka because I needed some practice ahead of playing the first four-day Duleep Trophy match since recovering from my illness. I had long batting sessions at NCA and also worked on my stamina. The matches, now, will be a good way to test my body," said Yuvi, who in his hometown to shoot for a documentary on his fight and recovery from cancer.

"I know it will be difficult to play the first four-day game after such a long time, but I think my body can now endure the pressure." Yuvraj is also slated to play the first two rounds of Ranji Trophy for Punjab in an effort to convince selectors of his fitness for the longest version of the game.

He had some good outings at the World T20 where he contributed with both bat and ball. He said though not making it to the semi-finals was a bit of a dampener, he gained a lot of confidence.
"Recovering from illness, it was big personal victory for me. My fitness improved with every game and I got used to conditions. I could not play a long innings, but I did manage to balance things out by chipping in with wickets," he said.

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