Raina likely to pip Yuvraj to playing XI at Lord's

Updated: 20 July 2011 11:38 IST

Stylish left-hander Yuvraj Singh will have to cool his heels for some more time as the southpaw is likely to sit out of the first Test against England at Lord's starting Thursday.

Raina likely to pip Yuvraj to playing XI at Lord's
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London:

Stylish left-hander Yuvraj Singh will have to cool his heels for some more time as the southpaw is likely to sit out of the first Test against England at Lord's starting Thursday.

It is learnt that Suresh Raina is all set to to get a place in the playing XI ahead of Yuvraj.

Raina impressed all in the West Indies, scoring 232 that included three half-centuries in three Test matches. A fighting century in the tour match against Somerset in Taunton further improved his chances of selection.

The team management is thinking of sending Raina to bat at No. 6 position.

Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir will open the innings followed by Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma. There will be a tough fight between Praveen Kumar and S Sreesanth for the third seamer's spot.

Praveen might hold the edge over Sreesanth if the team management decides to have a swing bowler in their armoury.

Topics : Cricket England India Anil Kumble Yuvraj Singh Suresh Raina Gary Kirsten India in England, 2011
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