Tendulkar and Dhoni spared in India cull

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A have wielded the axe in an attempt to rescue the series in this week’s final Test against England, but have kept faith with under-fire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-form batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Selectors have dropped Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh and replaced them with fast bowler Parvinder Awana, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.

Indian media have called for Dhoni, who needs a victory in Nagpur to avoid a first home series defeat for eight years, to relinquish the captaincy.

But he said: “The easiest thing for me to do right now is to give up the captaincy and be part of the side, because that’s just running away from the responsibility. I have to get the team together, and be prepared for the next Test.”