Michael Clarke surprised by Gautam Gambhir's omission from Test team

Terming Gambhir as a "wonderful guy", Clarke hoped that the left-hander will hit the straps soon and get back into the national reckoning.

updated: February 15, 2013 19:47 IST
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Chennai: Australian captain Michael Clarke sought to play mind-games ahead of the high-profile Test series against India, saying that opener Gautam Gambhir's omission from the Test squad has come as a happy news for his bowlers.

Clarke said he expected a batsman of Gambhir's calibre to be in the team and India will badly miss his experience.

"I expected him (Gambhir) to be in the Test team. He is a wonderful player and has played for India for a long time now. I think there are a few bowlers in our team who are happy he is not playing," the Australian captain told the reporters on the eve of their second and final warm-up game against Gambhir-led India A.

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