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Sehwag to be back tomorrow, says will be attacking in approach

Virender Sehwag will return to the team for tomorrow's match against Sri Lanka after being 'rested' from the opening ODI and has vowed to be his usual attacking self in the ongoing tri-series in Perth.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Perth
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2012 02:21 PM IST

Mostly a failure this Australian summer, dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag will return to the team for Wednesday's match against Sri Lanka after being 'rested' from the opening ODI and has vowed to be his usual attacking self in the ongoing tri-series in Perth.

Sehwag was 'rested' from the opening ODI against Australia which India lost by 65 runs in Melbourne on Sunday.

"I tried to play a little differently in Perth because the ball was doing something. It didn't work so I went back to my own style. I will do so in ODIs as there are only 50 overs and you want to give a good start to the team," said Sehwag who smashed 219 runs in his last one-day innings -- against the West Indies in Indore last year.

"My style of playing is to give little respect to new ball and then go after the bowling, depending on who's bowling. If someone is bowling well, you have got to give him respect," he added.

In the third Test in Perth, Sehwag made 0 and 10 in two innings, which was largely symbolic of the miserable summer the Indian opener has had in Australia in the last few weeks.

Sehwag was rested for the first ODI against Australia at MCG on Sunday but returns to the fold -- either at the expense of Sachin Tendulkar or Gautam Gambhir, most likely the latter.

"They will decide on it tomorrow. We want to give break to the top three batsmen, either Gautam (Gambhir) or Tendulkar will take a break and may be I can play," he said.

Sehwag said the rotation in the top order was largely intended to give opportunity to the youngsters to get used to the conditions where the next World Cup will be staged in 2015. It is also important for tired minds and bodies to get rest from time to time, he reasoned.

"The break is good. You are playing Tests, then Twenty20s and now ODIs. The body can be fatigued and a mental break is also good. So top three can get a break and all the youngsters can play and they need to because they have just arrived."

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