Yuvraj has been rewarded for his consistent performacnes against England in the ODI series, where he scored two back-to-back tons. The left-handed batsman will probably replace the retired Sourav Ganguly in the middle order.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been included in the side as the third spinner besides Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.
The out of form Rahul Dravid has also managed to hang on to his place while Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and skipper MS Dhoni bring up the rest of the famed middle order.
Murali Vijay has also been retained after his impressive debut against Australia in Nagpur.
Regular opener Gautam Gambhir makes a comeback after serving a one Test ban, following the elbowing episode. He will partner Virender Sehwag, who has himself been in prolific from all of this year.
England are scheduled to play the first Test in Chennai from December 11-15 and the second Test in Mohali from December 19-23 after the itinerary was revised following the terror attacks in Mumbai.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, M Vijay, Yuvraj Singh, Pragyan Ojha
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