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Abhishek Nayar drafted into India 'A' squad for warm-up against Australia

One of the top performers in the recently-concluded Ranji Trophy season, Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar has been included in the India 'A' squad for the second warm-up match, scheduled to be held from February 16 to 18, against the touring Australian side.

"Abhishek Nayar has been added to the India 'A' squad, for the three-day game against Australia, to be played at Chennai from 16 February 2013 to 18 February 2013," BCCI Secretary, Sanjay Jagdale said in a release.

Abhishek Nayar
Abhishek Nayar's consistent performance was one of the key reasons for Mumbai's success in the Ranji Trophy this season.

Nayar scored 966 runs at an average of 99.60 and took 19 wickets to help Mumbai clinch their 40th Ranji Trophy title.

Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan will captain the 13-member squad, which also includes a fit-again Manoj Tiwary, Mumbai batsmen Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.

Punjab opener Jiwanjot Singh, who scored five centuries during the Ranji Trophy season, also figures in the squad.

India 'A' squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Jiwanjyot Singh, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, C Gautam, Rakesh Dhruv, Jalaj Saxena, Manpreet Gony, Vinay Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Menaria, Abhishek Nayar.  

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