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Good decision to recall Harbhajan: Ganguly

February 11, 2013 21:14 IST

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday welcomed the national selectors' decision to recall off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the first two Tests of the upcoming series against Australia.

"It's a good decision to bring him back into the side. I've always been hopeful of Bhajji. But it's the skipper (MS Dhoni) whether he would play in the XI," Ganguly said at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Asked about Gautam Gambhir's omission, Ganguly said, "It's normal to be left out when you're not doing well. But I'm confident he would do well to make a comeback."

Sourav GangulyIndia were beaten by England in their last Test series at home, but Ganguly said the hosts would have the edge against Australia.

"Both the teams are going through a transition phase. India will have the slight home advantage to win the series. But it all depends how they utilise the conditions," he said.

"But you would have do well. It's important for the youngsters as India have a busy Test schedule ahead."

Ganguly also hopes veteran Sachin Tendulkar, who failed against Australia, comes back to form in the four-match series against Australia.

"Hope he does well for India, it's high time to fire up for him."

Ganguly also welcomed the selection of Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda who is yet to get his maiden Test cap.

"Dinda has been a India regular in ODI and T20 formats. It's good to see him in Test squad. He needs to be accurate in the longer version of the game," he said.

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