Tough decisions expected: Selectors to pick squad for final Test on Sunday

Updated: 08 December 2012 20:28 IST

Yuvraj Singh's spot is likely to be up for debate with talented Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma seen as a possible replacement for the stylish left-hander.

Tough decisions expected: Selectors to pick squad for final Test on Sunday
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Kolkata:

With India on the verge of conceding a 1-2 series lead to England in the ongoing four-Test rubber, the national selectors are likely to ring in some changes in the squad for the fourth and last Test in Nagpur, starting December 13.

The five selectors, under chairman Sandeep Patil, will meet at the team hotel here on Sunday to pick the squad for the Nagpur Test.

Yuvraj Singh's spot is likely to be up for debate with talented Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma seen as a possible replacement for the stylish left-hander.

Bengal batsman Tiwary scored an impressive 93 against England XI during their warm-up match against India A. He also smashed a fine 191 against Gujarat in a Ranji Trophy game which should attract the eyes of the selectors in Sunday's meeting.

Rohit Sharma is another name which is doing the rounds after the right-hander scored eye-catching 112 and 79 in the ongoing Ranji Trophy games.

Many of the top order batsmen have not shown the desired consistency in the series. Virat Kohli has been woefully out of form but the selectors are likely to persist with him.

If the problems with the famed Indian batting department was not enough, the selectors will also look to fix the issues in the home team's bowling attack, which looked toothless in the last two Tests in comparison to the English bowlers' finec showing.

The pace duo of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma looked lacklustre in the ongoing third Test at the Eden Gardens here and their selection will definitely be under scrutiny.

Zaheer, who took just as wicket after bowling 30 overs in England's first innings during the ongoing third Test, looked unfit and was also criticised for not taking starts while fielding.

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