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Virender Sehwag backs Rohit Sharma’s selection in Test team against Australia


Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag batted for Rohit Sharma’s inclusion in the Test team for the series against Australia and also had his say on the opening combination that Virat Kohli’s men should opt for Down Under.

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“Definitely Rohit should be part of the playing XI. A player who has scored 3 double hundreds in ODIs shouldn’t be sitting out of Tests. I have been repeating this for a long time now,” Sehwag said as quoted by NDTV Sports, on Sunday.

Rohit has had his run for India in Test cricket and has failed to impress so far according to his standards. He last played in the whites against South Africa earlier this year where he had a poor run with the bat and was subsequently dropped from the side.

But a string of strong performances in the limited overs’ formats once again has put the Mumbai batsman in the reckoning for a spot in the Test team that would take on Australia in the series which gets underway on December 6.

Sehwag also felt that Prithvi Shaw should open the innings with KL Rahul in the series.

Shaw had a terrific Test series against the West Indies where he seized the opportunity of opening the innings with both hands, registering a stylish hundred on debut and becoming the youngest Indian to achieve the feat.

“Prithvi and Rahul should open. Because the trend Down Under is that whoever is an attacking batsman makes a lot of runs and wins matches for the team,” Sehwag who had scored a magnificent 195 Down Under in the 2003-2004 series when the team was led by Sourav Ganguly.

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