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Srinath returns to Tests, Amit Mishra in

BANGALORE Oct. 5. Javagal Srinath's return to Test cricket was made loud and clear with his inclusion in the Indian team for the first two Tests against the West Indies at Mumbai and Chennai. Srinath was part of the 14-member squad announced by the BCCI secretary, S.K. Nair, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium premises here on Saturday evening.

Haryana leg-spinner Amit Mishra was the lone new face in the Sourav Ganguly-led team ,while Parthiv Patel becomes the first-choice wicketkeeper after Ajay Ratra's omission from the squad. The selection committee, headed by chairman Brijesh Patel, also had consultations with coach John Wright while finalising the squad.

"Srinath, in a letter to the Board, has said that he would like to reconsider his decision and play Test cricket and has made himself available for the series against the West Indies,'' Mr. Nair said while reading out a prepared text at the press conference. It may be recalled that Srinath, had earlier announced his retirement from Test cricket after the tour of the West Indies. The speedster, however, recently hinted at a change of heart following requests from skipper Ganguly and selection committee chairman Brijesh Patel.

Mr. Nair also revealed that injured left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra would be subjected to a fitness test after the players assemble at Mumbai on October 7.

The first Test will be held in Mumbai from October 9 to 13, while Chennai will host the second Test from October 17 to 21.

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