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Ganguly axed for the third Test; Jaffer recalled

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Former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly has been axed for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka to begin from 18th at Ahmedabad. Ganguly who had played two valuable knocks of 40 and 39 in the just concluded Delhi Test has lost favour with the new Selection Committee for Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer. Jaffer had played 7 Tests previously and had notched up a highest score of 86 against West Indies. Jaffer couldn’t play to his ability in the opportunities he had got averaging just over 20 and scoring 3 fifties in the 13 innings he had played. However Wasim Jaffer has always been a run machine in Indian First Class Cricket, he had cracked a double century in the opening match of this season’s Ranji Trophy against Delhi. Jaffer could well push Gautam Gambhir at the top with Yuvraj making his place in the middle order intact with a splendid half century. The Selectors have retained Rahul Dravid as the Skipper for the upcoming away series against Pakistan and the home series against England.

Squad for the 2nd Test at Delhi : Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag (Vice Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, V.V.S.Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Murali Kartik, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Rudra Pratap Singh