R P Singh, Badri excluded from first Test

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Bangalore, Oct 8 (UNI) R P Singh and S Badrinath will be sitting on the sidelines as India take on Australia in the first of the four Tests beginning here tomorrow.

Announcing this at a press conference, Team India captain Anil Kumble,however, said the decision on playing an extra spinner or a batsman would be taken when the final XI is announced before the match on the morrow.

''R P Singh and Badrinath have to sit out and the final eleven would be announced tomorrow before commencement of the match,'' he said.

About the combination, he said it will be made known tomorrow whether the Team would have spinners or batsmen.

The squad: Anil Kumble (capt), M S Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, V V S Laxman, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Virender Sehwag, Ishant Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar.


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