Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes that Navdeep Saini should be the “first choice” for the third fast bowler’s slot in the upcoming third Test against Australia because of his extra pace and ability to extract disconcerting bounce.

While Shardul Thakur and T. Natarajan are also in contention, the former left-arm pacer feels the selection of Saini for the Sydney Test, starting Thursday, is a no-brainer if one goes by pure cricketing logic.

“If you look at squad composition, Saini was first choice and Shardul and Natarajan both came in as replacements for Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav,” Nehra said.

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“So if Saini was ahead of them during initial Test squad selection, I don’t see any reason why he would slip down in the pecking order. You selected him first, so obviously you believed he was better than other two….

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