Bangalore:The selectors on Wednesday retained Anil Kumble as India's Test captain for the tour of Australia and pencilled in the pace trio of Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma and VRV Singh for the third Test against Pakistan starting in Bangalore on Saturday.
With a number of key players grappling with injuries, the selectors announced a list of 24 probables for the Australia tour, which would be pruned to a 16-member squad on December 12 after getting report on the players' fitness.
Among the pacers, Zaheer Khan has sustained a heel injury, S Sreesanth is nursing a shoulder injury and RP Singh is yet to recover from a side strain.
Former Test player Chetan Chauhan has been appointed as Administrative Manager for the Test Series in Australia.
M V Sridhar, Vice President of Hyderabad Cricket Association, has been appointed as Assistant Manager who will also look after media for the Test series.
Going through a bad patch, Virender Sehwag did not find a place in the list of probables, even though his in-form Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir returns to the Test squad.
Another Delhi opener, Aakash Chopra, who struck a double century against Himachal in the Ranji Trophy match, is in the list of probables, as is Parthiv Patel, who has been consistent with the bat in the domestic season.
Mumbai seamer Ajit Agarkar, rookie pacer Pankaj Singh and Bengal spearhead Ranadeb Bose also find mention in the probables' list.
Squad for 3rd Test against Pakistan: Anil Kumble (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, M S Dhoni (Vice Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Wasim Jaffer, Ishant Sharma, VRV Singh and Murali Kartik.
List of probables for Australia series: Anil Kumble (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, M S Dhoni (Vice Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Wasim Jaffer, Ishant Sharma, VRV Singh, Murali Kartik, Dinesh Kaarthick, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Ranadeb Bose, Pankaj Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv Patel and Aakash Chopra.