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Bailey wary of comeback kid Yuvi

Australia have identified Yuvraj Singh as a major threat in their limited overs series, while India recognise the need to take pressure off their comeback star.

Singh has not played for India since January, as he took time to regain his fitness and form following last year's cancer battle.

But a run of big scores for India A against West Indies A and South Africa A forced the damaging left-hander into India's 15-man squad for the seven one day matches and one Twenty20 against Australia.

He is a likely starter in India's team for the T20 clash, to be played in Rajkot on Thursday (early Friday AEST).

And Australian skipper George Bailey needs no reminding of Singh's talents.

Flicking through TV channels in cricket-mad India, it's impossible to avoid any number of old matches being replayed.

And so Bailey was given a a quick refresher of Singh's game-changing ability.

Front and centre for Bailey was Singh's match-winning effort at the 2011 World Cup, which ended Australia's charge in the quarter-finals.

The 31-year-old smashed eight boundaries to steer India to victory, having earlier claimed the key wickets of Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin.

"There were a few highlights on TV last night of a couple of Indian victories over Australia recently and Yuvraj was prominent in those," Bailey said.

"He's a really dangerous player and his power is the thing you've got to be really careful of.

"He can come in and look really casual and be working it around and then just has the capacity to clear the rope.

"I think with him you've got to be really clear on your plans and try and stay really aggressive at him throughout his innings."

India captain MS Dhoni said his main concern was trying to ensure his experienced teammate wasn't to heavily burdened in his return.

"We will try to keep it as normal as possible because once you are back in the side and it becomes like a comeback scenario, the kind of pressure on the player (is immense)," Dhoni told reporters.

"It is important to take the feeling away from the individual that he is coming back because what is important is for the individual to be expressive on the field, back himself, have belief in his talent, and ultimately that will show on the field.

"We will try to keep it as normal as possible and take undue pressure off him."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia. 

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