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Ishant may team up with Zaheer at Wankhede
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 23, 2012
First Published: 00:21 IST(23/11/2012)
Last Updated: 00:27 IST(23/11/2012)

The wicket might look quite different from the one at Ahmedabad and India might have lost their most successful paceman, Umesh Yadav, to injury, but the hosts will stick to their successful combination of two pacemen and two tweakers.

On Thursday, skipper MS Dhoni said that Yadav's replacement would be a pace bowler.

"It (two seamers and two spinners) gives more balance to the side. Generally, the first day's wicket is quite good to bat on. There is not much turn for them. So, it will be difficult to restrict the batsmen," said Dhoni.

Unfit Umesh
"Umesh is unfit for this Test. He has a sore back. I don't think we can take the risk of playing him in this match… He is most likely to miss this Test. (Nonetheless) we will play two seamers and two spinners."

The injury to Yadav had opened the possibility of playing three spinners, as the wicket is likely to turn and have a bit of bounce.

But, with the speedsters coming up with a heartening performance in Ahmedabad, the skipper is, perhaps, confident that a double-pace attack will come in handy.

Ishant Sharma will, in all probability, team up with Zaheer Khan. The lanky pacer's last Test was in Adelaide in January 2012.

As for his controversial statement on preparing tailor-made wickets, which turn from the first morning itself, Dhoni said he was 'trying to take the equation of the toss out so that the result doesn't favour the team batting first'.

"I was doing the good part. But different people have different opinions." The rest of the team is expected to remain the same.

Changes expected
England are expected to make a few changes and left-arm spinner Monty Panesar should get the nod.

But it remains to be seen whether they drop a pacer, or Samit Patel, to accommodate him.

In the batting department, Jonny Bairstow will come in place of Ian Bell, who has flown back for the birth of his child.

"They look a balanced side when they play with three seamers and a spinner, with Samit doing the second spinner's job. Monty is a good left-arm spinner. It will be good to see who they omit," said Dhoni.


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