India recall wily Ganguly

NEW DELHI - Indian selectors have recalled former captain Saurav Ganguly for next month's three-test series in South Africa.

NEW DELHI - Indian selectors have recalled former captain Saurav Ganguly for next month's three-test series in South Africa.

India's poor batting form in one-day cricket and uncertainty over skipper Rahul Dravid's availability for the opening test in Johannesburg (December 15-19) because of a finger injury prompted Ganguly's recall yesterday to bolster the brittle middle order.

Ganguly's experience is expected to help in the absence of middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh, who has been ruled out of the tour with a knee injury.

Ganguly's past record on the bouncy South African pitches- 292 runs at an average of just under 33 in five tests on two tours - worked to his favour.

"India's batting in the current series (one-dayers) has failed ... we need experience and so Ganguly has been included," chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar said.

India have already lost the five-match one-day series in South Africa 3-0 with one game remaining in Centurion on Sunday. The opening game was washed out.

The side has yet to win a test match in three previous trips to South Africa.

Ganguly was sacked as test skipper and one-day player last October and dropped from the test squad altogether in February after a long batting slump and a row with coach Greg Chappell.

The test squad comprises seven specialist batsmen (including three openers), five fast bowlers, two spinners and two wicketkeepers. - Reuters

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