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Laxman, Kaif dropped for second Test

March 08, 2006 21:52 IST

India have dropped batsmen Vangipurappu Laxman and Mohammad Kaif in three changes for the second Test against England [Images] starting on Thursday.

Paceman Shantakumaran Sreesanth [Images], who is recovering from influenza, has also been left out of the 12, an Indian cricket official said on Wednesday. The first Test was drawn.

Seamer Munaf Patel [Images], 22, looks set for his international debut after capturing 10 wickets in the tourists' eight-wicket defeat in a three-day tour game.

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