Veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been included for the upcoming ODI series against Australia in India. The decision to select the all-rounder was not a surprising one as Singh clearly paved the way after a very impressive showing for India A against West Indies A in September.

Singh was the leading run-getter for India A in the limited-overs series against the touring West Indies A, with 224 runs from three matches -  including one ton and a fifty at an average of 74.66. He also scored an impressive half-century for India Blue in the Challenger Trophy.

The dashing all-rounder last played a game for India against England in Dharamsala in January 2013. He was dropped from the squad for the Champions Trophy and did not feature in the Zimbabwe series either. 

Elsewhere in the squad that was announced on Monday, there was no call-up for Virender Sehwag or Gautam Gambhir who have lost their places in the team to due the form of youngsters. The selectors are clearly looking to create a team for the World Cup in 2015.

The fist ODI between India and Australia is set to take place at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.

India squad - MS Dhoni (C and WK) , S Dhawan, R Sharma, V Kohli, S Raina, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, V Kumar, Ishant Sharma, B Kumar, A Mishra, A Rayudu, J Unadkat.

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