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Friday, December 01, 2006

Sourav Ganguly returns to team India

National News : Sourav GangulyFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly got a chance to extend his international career when he was named in a 16-man squad for an upcoming three-Test series in South Africa.

Ganguly's career seemed to be over after a row with coach Greg Chappell last year, when he was sacked as captain before being axed from both the Test and One-day squads.

The stylish 34-year-old batsman played his last Test against Pakistan in Karachi in February this year and his last One-dayer was against New Zealand at Harare in September 2005.
A brittle batting display by India in the ongoing five-match One-day series in South Africa, which they trail 3-0 after four matches, led the selectors to plump for the experienced left-hander.

"We decided to go with Ganguly's experience because our batting has failed in One-dayers. The youngsters have not been able to adjust to the bouncy wickets in South Africa," said chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar on Thursday.

Ganguly, who has scored 5,221 runs in 88 Tests, said he was hoping to put his experience to good use in South Africa.

"I am happy to be back but it is always a challenge playing in Tests, whether it is your first or 100th. As the tour will go on, players will get used to the bouncy pitches," he said.
"We have done well on bouncy tracks in Australia in the past and it is pretty much the same group of players and I am sure they will do well. It is just a matter of adjusting."

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