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Naman for only opening Test: Patel

Naman for only opening Test: Patel
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has been named in the squad for India’s Test tour of Australia for just one match and he will return home after the opening game at Brisbane, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said on Monday.

‘What we have announced on Monday was basically not a 19-member squad, it was 18. For the first Test, Naman Ojha has been added as a replacement of MS Dhoni in case there is a need for a second wicketkeeper. As soon as the first Test is over and Dhoni joins the team, Naman Ojha will come back,’ Patel told reporters after the selection committee meeting.

Dhoni has been rested from the first Test beginning December 4 to give him more time to recover fully from his right thumb injury. ‘Dhoni is suffering from a thumb injury. He is on the right track. It has been further decided to rest him for one more Test, so that everything is fine. It was suggested by his physicist and doctors and after that this decision was taken. It is a right thumb injury,’ Patel said.

Talking about the team selected for the last two matches of the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka, Patel said some fringe players were included to try them out in view of next year’s World Cup.
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