5 Dec 2008

Yuvraj back for India

8:00 am on 5 December 2008

India's cricket selectors have resurrected the Test career of Yuvraj Singh by naming him for the two-match series against England starting next week.

The left-hander was included in a 15-man squad for the series that England say will go ahead pending a security clearance, following last week's attacks on Mumbai by armed militants that killed 188 and injured nearly 300.

The series hinges on the report by England's security advisor Reg Dickason on the facilities in Chennai, which hosts the first Test from the 11th of December , and Mohali, the venue of the second Test from December 19th.

Yuvraj smashed 325 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 108.33 in five one-day internationals against England last month as India beat the tourists 5-nil.

Yuvraj, who turns 28 on the second day of the Chennai Test, returns to the Test side after being ignored for the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August and the home series against world champions Australia in October-November.

He replaces another left-hander, former captain Sourav Ganguly, who retired from international cricket last month after India's 2-nil series win over Australia.