Tuesday 15 January 2008 

Virender Sehwag Poised For India Recall In Third Test

Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag is poised for a recall to the Test side to play against Australia in the third Test in Perth.

Sehwag has been out of the side for a year, but has forced his way back into the reckoning with a century in the drawn tour game against an Australian Capital Territory XI.

Sehwag is likely to open with Wasim Jaffer, with Rahul Dravid returning to his more usual batting position of number three, with Yuvraj Singh the man most likely to lose his place.

"I think we'll stick to the regular batting order that we've had and have the quality of Dravid at three," Indian captain Anil Kumble said.

"It's not a question of finalising the batting order, it's just a matter of going out there and getting the runs, that's something we need to do. The quality is there."

Kumble added that India were thinking of playing an extra seamer at the fast, bouncy WACA pitch - Australia have already announced that they will field a four-pronged seam attack with Shaun Tait replacing Brad Hogg.

Irfan Pathan would be the most obvious choice, possibly replacing Harbhajan Singh, who is clear to play despite being charged with racially abusing Andrew Symonds in the second Test in Sydney. His appeal hearing is scheduled for after the conclusion of the series.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting is well aware of the threat Sehwag poses, commenting, "We will be ready for whatever team they put out.

"He's a very dangerous player but all of our guys have played enough against him to know what his strengths and weaknesses are, hopefully we can keep him under wraps."


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