Yuvraj set for Test return
Yuvraj Singh is on course for a possible Test comeback for India versus England after being included today in a 15-man squad.
Yuvraj continued his return, after recovering from lung cancer, when he made a half-century and took a five-for against the tourists for India A in Mumbai last week.
His was the most notable inclusion in a squad also containing Harbhajan Singh as a third frontline spin option for the first two Tests - in Ahmedabad from Thursday week and then Mumbai from November 23.
Yuvraj, 30, last played a Test almost exactly a year ago - versus West Indies at Kolkata - but returned to international cricket in September and last month made a first-class double-hundred.
He looks favourite to replace Suresh Raina, dropped after two failures in the recent series with New Zealand. Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay are the options if India opt for another specialist batsman as a direct replacement for Raina.
Off-spinner Harbhajan has not played a Test since August last year, at Nottingham during England's 4-0 whitewash of India to go to the top of the world rankings.
The 32-year-old may have to bide his time, however, with Ravichandran Ashwin and slow left-armer Pragyan Ojha the men in possession of India's spin-bowling berths.
The great Sachin Tendulkar is also in the squad that will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and contains opening batsman Virender Sehwag and seamer Zaheer Khan - despite their respective recent injury scares.
India squad for first and second Tests with England: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan.