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Rohit receives India call-up

Uncapped batsman drafted in as cover for Laxman

Sharma: Test call-up

India have called up uncapped middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma to the squad for the first Test against South Africa, starting in Nagpur on Saturday.

Rohit, who led the Board President's XI in the two-day warm-up match against the Proteas which concluded on Wednesday, was summoned to join the team as cover for VVS Laxman.

Laxman had suffered a hand injury during the second Test against Bangladesh last month and has not recovered fully. The stylish batsman had a net on Wednesday, but skipped the fielding practice session.

Rohit was part of the Test squad which toured Sri Lanka in 2008, but did not play a game.