Zaheer Khan earns recall to India Test squad to face South Africa
India have recalled experienced pace bowler Zaheer Khan to their Test squad for next month's clashes in South Africa.
Last Updated: 25/11/13 11:25am
The only newcomer is batsman Ambati Rayudu, but there is no place for in-form opener Gautam Gambhir, who recently scored a century for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy.
The 35-year-old Zaheer, who was a key member of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, has earned a recall to bolster the bowling attack on the bouncy pitches of South Africa.
The left-arm bowler, who has taken 295 wickets in 88 Tests, last turned out for India during the home series against England last December.
Zaheer is included in a pack of five pace bowlers in the 17-member Test squad along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma.
Seam bowler Mohit Sharma will come in for Zaheer in the one-day internationals.
Being shown live on Sky Sports, India will play a three-ODI series in South Africa starting December 5, followed by two Tests.
Test squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha.
One-day squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra.