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Tendulkar in frame for India test team captaincy

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Sachin Tendulkar is in the frame for a third term as test captain when the selectors meet early next month to name Rahul Dravid’s successor.

Dravid relinquished the post last month after the England tour saying captaincy was becoming stressful and that he wanted to focus on his batting.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 26, who led a young team to success in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, was appointed captain of the one-day team for 12 matches concluding with the five-match series against Pakistan next month.

His ability as a leader was lauded during the home series against Australia which the visitors won 4-2.

India play three tests against Pakistan at home next month before touring Australia later this year for a much-anticipated four-test series.

A selector told Reuters on conditions on anonymity on Saturday that Tendulkar, 34, and Dhoni are in the frame for the top post.

The committee was originally to name the test captain on Saturday along with the team for the first two one-dayers against Pakistan, but delayed the captaincy decision until the first week of November.

“Tendulkar is a strong contender,” the selector said, hinting at an unprecedented two-captain policy in Indian cricket, one for tests and the other for the shorter formats.

The general consensus is that it is too early to make Dhoni captain, especially in the absence of a full-time coach to assist him, and that the team would benefit if the experienced Tendulkar leads during the two high-profile series.

Tendukar led India twice earlier without much success, winning just four of 25 tests before stepping down to concentrate on his batting.

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