Sachin in squad for first two Tests

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Indian cricket team for the first two Test matches against Australia has been announced.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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The Indian cricket team for the first two Test matches against Australia has been announced. Sachin Tendulkar has been included in the 15-member squad for which the selectors brought back Mohammad Kaif, Zaheer Khan and opener Aakash Chopra. The national selectors decided to pick Tendulkar, who has been out of action for the past six weeks because of a tennis elbow, after receiving a medical report stating that he was "progressing well". Fitness test Sachin will, however, have to pass a fitness test before taking the field in the high-profile series beginning on October 6. "Tendulkar's fitness will be monitored on a day-to-day basis. His position will be ascertained and depending on his fitness before the match, he will be considered for selection," Cricket Board Secretary S K Nair said after a two-hour meeting of the selection committee, which was also attended by captain Sourav Ganguly and coach John Wright. Missing out on a berth in the squad was left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra, whose fitness is once again in doubt. There were no new faces in the squad with the selectors reposing faith in the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, both of whom struck centuries in the practice match against India 'A' today to break a prolonged lean patch. Squad: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, Murali Kartik. (With PTI inputs)

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