Kumble retained Test captain against Australia; Sreesanth out

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Anil Kumble and MS Dhoni were today retained captain and vice captain of Team India while pacer S Sreesanth did not find place in the list of 24-probables for the away Test series against Australia starting December 26.

The BCCI selection committee instead of picking the Test squad for the Australia tour shortlisted 24 probables and announced that the final squad of 16 players will be selected on December 12 in Banglore.

Notable among the probables who have earned the attention of the selectors are spinner Piyush Chawla, opener Akash Chopra, wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, Pankaj Singh and fast bowler Ranadeb Bose.

The probables have been selected in view of injuries to some players, said BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah in a press release.

He said team for the tour will be picked after final report regarding fitness of players.

Former Test opener Chetan Chauhan will be administrative manager for the Test Series while Dr. MV Sridhar (Hyderabad) has been named Assistant Manager who will also look after the media.

The Probables: Anil Kumble (Capt), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (vice-capt&wk), Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Wasim Jaffer, Ishant Sharma, VRV Singh, Murali Kartik, Dinesh Kartik, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Ranadeb Bose, Pankaj Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ajit Agarkar, Parthiv Patel, Akash Chopra UNI HSB PDS AS2004

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