Sehwag in fray for opening slot in Sydney

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Sydney, Jan 1 (UNI) After a defensive start by their openers in the first Test against Australia, Team India may recall hard-hitting opener Virender Sehwag for the second Test that begins here tomorrow.

India captain Anil Kumble said though the playing XI will be announced only after they have a look at the SCG pitch but admitted that Sehwag was under consideration.

''We'll still think about it, we have time until tomorrow morning,'' Kumble told mediapersons here today.

''There are a few things in the mind but I don't like to share it now.

''We'll assess the conditions. He brings in that attacking, positive approach.'' He said that the team management is not worried about Sehwag's form as he was striking the ball well in the nets.

''He has looked good from whatever we've seen in the nets.

''In terms of his form, we're not concerned too much about. He's hitting the ball well and he's in the scheme of things,'' he added.

The Indian opener who has not played a Test since the last 12 months might get back to his favourite position after Indian batsmen failed to make an impact in their 337-run loss at the hands of Australia in Melbourne last week.

The 'Sultan of Multan' was an integral part of the Indian team before he was dropped from the side after consistently failing at the top.

''Before he lost form and was made to sit out, he was a very important member of the team. He brings in a carefree attitude to the team,'' Kumble remarked.

The right-hander has scored 4,155 runs, including 12 centuries, from 52 Test appearances at an average of 49.46 and has 846 runs to his name against Australia at an impressive average of 49.76 which also includes 195 in Melbourne that he scored four years ago.

Kumble was confident that India's makeshift opener in the first Test, Rahul Dravid, would come back strongly in the matches ahead.

''(It is) just one of those things that he needed to relax. I did have a chat with him, he's aware of that.'' ''I'm sure he will be able to go out there and bat,'' he said.

After the humiliating loss in the first Test against Australia in which the visitors were criticized for being too defensive, Kumble has urged his team mates to adopt a more aggressive mental attitude in Sydney.

''It all boils down to going there and fighting. We didn't show a bit of that in the last game but we're looking to do that,'' he said.

''It's more to do with thinking and being a bit positive. If the mind is thinking positive, running between the wickets and fielding will be different,'' the captain added.


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