Team management yet to take a call on Sehwag's opening partner

Updated: 20 February 2013 17:10 IST

With Gautam Gambhir, dropped from the Test side, both Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are in contention for the opening batters slot alongside Virender Sehwag.

Chennai:

The Indian team management's dilemma over Virender Sehwag's opening partner was evident during the training session as both Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were seen spending considerable time at the nets on Wednesday ahead of the first Test match against Australia on Friday.

While Vijay was the first to enter the nets and batted for a long time, he extended his session further taking throwdowns from the net bowlers.

Delhi left-hander Dhawan batted later on but did spend a fair amount of time in the middle. After his first knock at the nets and after the session was over, he was seen having a serious discussion with coach Duncan Fletcher.

Once the whole team had dispersed into the confines of dressing room, Dhawan again came out for a second session which made it amply clear that the team management haven't yet decided on whether to go with local boy Vijay or left-hander Dhawan.

The Indian team had their usual session at the Chepauk ground as the players went through their regular bump and grind routine.

Pacer Ishant Sharma slogged the most among the pace trio as he was seen bowling in one of the nets for the longest time.

Among the quartet of spinners, Ravindra Jadeja bowled the maximum while Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha also spent a fair bit of time bowling to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara and  Virat Kohli.

Senior pro Harbhajan Singh also bowled for some time but didn't bowl as much compared to the other spinners.

Topics : Cricket India Australia Sachin Tendulkar Shikhar Dhawan Virender Sehwag Ishant Sharma Murali Vijay Australia in India 2013
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