Kumble keeps captaincy

Anil Kumble will lead India to Australia.

    Anil Kumble: Will wear the captain's armband down
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    Anil Kumble has retained as India's captain for the four-test series in Australia starting later this month.

    India selectors delayed the announcement of the squad to December 12 due to injuries to several pace bowlers, but have retained Kumble as captain.

    The 37-year-old led India to a six-wicket victory against Pakistan last month in his first test as captain after Rahul Dravid resigned in September.

    Sachin Tendulkar had declined to replace Dravid.

    In his 121st test in the third and final match starting Saturday, Kumble will be looking to clinch a series victory over Pakistan on his home ground in Bangalore.

    India leads 1-0 after the second test in Calcutta ended in a draw earlier this week.

    Having played for India since 1990, Kumble is the country's highest test wicket-taker with 578.

    Indian cricket selectors named a 14-player squad for the third and final test against Pakistan starting on Saturday.

    Apart from the naming a 14-player squad the Indian selectors also chose 24 probables for the test tour of Australia.

    Squad for Pakistan test: Anil Kumble (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Vangipurappu Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Vikram Singh, Murali Kartik.

    Probables for Australia: Anil Kumble (captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Vangipurappu Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Vikram Singh, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel, Ranadeb Bose, Pankaj Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv Patel, Akash Chopra.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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