Wednesday July 9th, 2014

The Indian cricket team has chosen to give seam-bowler all-rounder Stuart Binny his Test debut ahead of its five-Test series at England that begins Wednesday, reports Indian television station NDTV.

Binny, 30, has just four matches of international experience, having just been selected to the team this year. He's the son of Roger Binny, who helped lead India to the 1983 World Cup title, as well as a Test series victory in England in 1986, one of only three ever for India.

The inclusion of Binny means India will be going with a rare five-bowler lineup. From an ESPNcricinfo.com report, before the move was made official:

If India do go in with five bowlers, it will be an extraordinary move. Dhoni has never batted at No. 6 outside Asia. The last time India played five bowlers was against Australia at home, in 2012-13, and you'll struggle to find instances of India playing with five batsmen outside the subcontinent.

The current series marks the first time India has played a five-Test series in England since 1959.

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