Jaffer to open with Sehwag: Dravid
He Hinted that a couple of new boys might make their debut, also adding that the final eleven would be chosen on the morrow.india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 20:32 IST
Wasim Jaffer is all set to make a comeback in the Indian Test squad after four years as skipper Rahul Dravid on Tuesday confirmed that the Mumbaikar will share the responsibility to open alongside Virender Sehwag in the first match against England starting on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, teenage spin prodigy Piyush Chawla's wait to earn a Test cap was going to be prolonged after the captain stated that it would be difficult to pick Chawla in the presence of veterans like Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in the team.
"He would learn a lot of things staying with the team and is being groomed for the later matches," Dravid told reporters after the team's practice session.
However a couple of new boys might make their debut, he hinted while adding that the final eleven would be chosen on the morrow.
Dravid also said the team had benefitted physically and mentally from the short break after the Pakistan series and after three days of intense practice it was ready to take on England.
The Indian captain, while terming the injuries to the English players as a bit unfortunate, however, added "this English side has a lot of character and I am sure they will be extremely competitive."
'The Wall' also rubbished the claims that the English batsmen could not handle spin.
"They have played and performed very well on Sri Lankan and Pakistani wickets recently and I am sure they will do the same here", Dravid said.
First Published: Feb 28, 2006 20:07 IST