India pacer Navdeep Saini made his Test debut against Australia in the third Test in Sydney on Thursday. Saini replaced Umesh Yadav, who injured his calf muscle during the Boxing Day Test. Saini got the nod ahead of T. Natarajan [Yadav’s official replacement in the squad] and Shardul Thakur who was added after Mohammed Shami picked up an injury during the Adelaide Test.

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Saini, who had been recovering from a back niggle in the lead up to the Test series, received his cap from pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah. The Karnal-born seamer picked up three wickets during a tour game, conceding at 5.44 in the second innings. Saini has played 46 first-class games and taken 128 wickets at an average of 28.46.

Saini was playing domestic cricket for Delhi when former India opener Gautam Gambhir…

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