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Australia elected to bat

October 06, 2004 11:03 IST

Australia's stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against India at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.


India went into the match without Sachin Tendulkar who was recuperating from tennis elbow while Australia missed their captain Ricky Ponting who has been ruled out of the first two of four Tests due to a thumb injury.

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Yuvraj Singh comes in place of Tendulkar while Australia handed Michael Clarke his first baggy green cap.

Aussie leg spinner Shane Warne who has taken 527 wickets now needs 6 more wickets to surpass Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan as world's highest wicket-taker in Tests.

Anil Kumble, playing at his home ground, needs three wickets to reach the 400-mark.


India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Aakash Chopra, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble.

Australia: Adam Gilchrist (captain), Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Simon Katich, Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Michael Kasprowicz and Glenn McGrath.

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