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India vs Bangladesh: 1st Test Preview

Returning to the Test mould after a brief limited-overs series against England, India will be aiming to resume their supremacy when they take on Bangladesh in a historic one-off cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from Thursday. The Test marks Bangladesh's debut five-day outing on Indian soil since gaining Test status back in 2000.

Despite India playing a vital role in helping the neighbours attain the status, both the countries have engaged in only eight Tests so far - all in Bangladesh - with India winning six encounters.

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Australian spinner Steve O'Keefe excited by Indian challenge

Ahead of the four-match Test rubber against India later this month, Australian spinner Steve O'Keefe on Tuesday termed the hosts as a "class" team with some "exceptional" batsmen.

The 32-year-old left-arm spinner admitted that taming the Indian batsmen would be a "big job" but expressed confidence on his team's abilities to do "some damage" during the series, which begins with the opening match in Pune on February 23.

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Kumble backs India's struggling openers to come good against Bangladesh

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is one for the future as far as Test cricket is concerned and that is why it is important to keep him "in the mix", head coach Anil Kumble stressed on Tuesday ahead of the one-off five-day engagement with Bangladesh starting on Thursday. Pandya, 23, is yet to make his Test debut but has been part of recent India squads.

"We want to keep Hardik in the mix because he is someone who has the ability to become a good all-rounder even in the longer format," Kumble said answering a question on why the 23-year-old was part of the team despite not featuring in any of the Tests so far.

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Anil Kumble: "I never thought I would go out and pick up 10 wickets"

Reminiscing his 'Perfect Ten' against Pakistan on this very day 18 years ago, leg-spin legend and current India coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday said nobody gave him a chance to pick all the 10 wickets in an innings and he felt privileged to achieve the "rare" cricketing feat.

Back on February 7, 1999, Kumble returned epoch-making figures of 10/74 in 26.3 overs to hand India a remarkable 212-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in Delhi.

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Alastair Cook resigns from England captaincy

England's Alastair Cook on Monday stepped down as the Test captain after being in the role for more than four years.

32-year-old Cook's decision did not come as a surprise, especially after he had admitted to having "questions" over his role, following the humiliating 0-4 loss to India in the five-match Test rubber in December last year.

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