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Rahul Dravid is set to return to One Day International cricket after being included in India’s squad for the upcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka and the autumn’s Champions Trophy. Although Dravid hasn’t played an ODI since 2007, his performances in this year’s IPL and the relative weakness of India’s middle order in the World Twenty20 have encouraged the selectors to bring back ‘The Wall’ in place of Rohit Sharma.

Sachin Tendulkar also returns to the side after sitting out the ODI series against the West Indies, but Virender Sehwag is still out with the shoulder injury that caused him to miss out on the World Twenty20.

The squad in full is: MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh,Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra, RP Singh, Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, and Abhishek Nayar.

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Anil Kumble has bowled in a Test match for the final time (see his final over here), more than 18 years after doing do for the first time. His retirement comes at a convenient time for India, with MS Dhoni and Amit Mishra seemingly ready to take over his captaincy and bowling commitments respectively, and questions being raised about his place in the team.

Kumble’s inestimable contribution to Indian cricket will be well remembered, and feats such as his 10 wickets in a single innings against Pakistan will be part of the sport’s folklore for years to come.

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When was the last time Australia lost by 320 runs? When was the last time they (and Ponting in particular) looked so disconsolate? Where do they go from here (apart from Dehli, obviously)?

As for India, the only question is what to do about Kumble. His replacement as captain (Dhoni) was man of the match, his replacement in the side (Mishra) took 7 wickets. Will he be be encouraged to step down and retire?

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Does Ricky Ponting trust his spinners? During India’s second innings of the Second Test, White and Clarke bowled just 9 overs between them. Even Mike Hussey, who has never taken a Test wicket, bowled 8 overs.

It’s not as if the conditions in Mohali aren’t suited to spin bowling. Amit Mishra took 5 wickets in the first innings, and Harbhajan took 2 wickets in his first over today, triggering a top-order collapse from the tourists. The absence of an experienced spinner, one of the few chinks in Australia’s armour, is perhaps starting to make a difference.

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India are well and truly on top in the Second Test against Australia. The home side are 100/0 in their second innings, 301 in front. They have Amit Mishra‘s 5-71 to thank for that, and if it wasn’t for Shane Watson‘s battling 78 the lead would be even greater.

Youtube highlights of Australia’s innings can be seen here. Sehwag and Gambhir are now making Mitchell Johnson cry (his economy rate from the 7 overs he bowled today was 6.14).

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