Pathan ruled out of third test

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan was today ruled out of the third test between India and Australia to be held in Nagpur from October 26.

Chennai:

Left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan was today ruled out of the third test between India and Australia to be held in Nagpur from October 26. Ashish Nehra will replace Pathan, who is suffering from a rib injury. Nehra was the only change in the 15-member Indian squad announced by BCCI Secretary S K Nair. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar has also been included in the squad. The selectors confirmed that he has been responding well to treatment though he will have to undergo a fitness test before the test. Nair said the national selectors decided to retain him in the squad hoping that the batting maestro would recover in time for the match. Tendulkar is recuperating from an elbow injury and has missed action since the last two months. Patel retained The selectors also decided to retain wicket keeper Parthiv Patel. "The wicketkeeper's slot was discussed but the selectors decided to give Pathiv Patel one more chance," Nair said. Patel was shoddy behind the stumps both in the Bangalore and Chennai Tests, dropping a few chances and also missing stumping opportunities. (With PTI inputs)

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