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Gautam Gambhir earns test recall

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Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has earned a recall to India's 18-man Test squad ahead of their five match series against England in July.

Gambhir hasn't represented his country at Test level since December 2012, but does have a very good record behind him, scoring over 4,000 runs at an average of 44.18 in 54 matches.

However, since 2012, Gambhir has lost his job to Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, both of whom have made extremely promising starts to their still young Test careers.

Gambhir is by far the best reserve opener India has, but he faces a difficult task in overtaking Dhawan or Vijay for a spot. However, he does at least bring experience of playing in England with him, something a number of the new-look India team have yet to do.

India have also called up spinner Stuart Binny and seamers Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey and Varun Aaron, all of whom are yet to play a Test match.

Fast bowler Zaheer Khan has been left out of the squad after missing much of the IPL with a hamstring injury.

This summer will be India's first five match series since 1997 and their first against England in 55 years, when they lost 5-0.

M.S. Dhoni's men will be desperate to improve on the last tour in 2011, in which they lost 4-0  handing England the number one spot in the Test rankings. 

The first Test match takes place on the 9th July at Trent Bridge, followed by Lord's, The Oval, The Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford, before five one-day matches and one Twenty20 international.

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