Experts and the media have speculated that the first casualty could be Ganguly, the oldest among the senior batsman at 36 and India's most successful Test captain.
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Ganguly, who made a splendid second comeback in late 2006, has been omitted for next week's Irani Cup five-day game between Rest of India and Ranji champions Delhi, seen as a selection game for the Australia series.
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Tendulkar and Dravid are both 35 and are showing signs that their reflexes are slowing down. The side must also face the fact that Test skipper and leading spinner Anil Kumble turns 38 next month.