Gambhir given axe, Harbhajan recalled; Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar get maiden call-up for Australia Tests

The selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, deliberated for over two hours at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and made three changes to the squad that played against England in Nagpur in December.

updated: February 10, 2013 19:56 IST
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Mumbai: Under-performing opener Gautam Gambhir was shown the door with Shikhar Dhawan being his surprise replacement in the 15-member Indian cricket squad, announced on Sunday for the first two Tests against Australia starting February 22 in Chennai.

Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh rode on past reputation to return to the squad to form a three-pronged spin attack also comprising R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.

With Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan recovering from injuries, the selectors opted to give rookie paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who impressed in the limited overs-series against England and Pakistan, his maiden Test call.

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