Batsman Shikhar Dhawan has welcomed Sunday's call-up to India's Test squad for the first two matches of the four-fixture series against Australia.

Dhawan replaced fellow opener Gautam Gambhir, who has not scored a Test century since January 2010, in the 17-man squad. The left-handed Suresh Raina and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, too, were dropped - and uncapped seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar selected.

The left-handed Dhawan has scored 833 first-class runs this season at the impressive average of 55.53, including back-to-back hundreds in the quarter-final and semi-final of the Duleep Trophy.

Eight Ranji Trophy matches, meanwhile, have brought him 524 runs an an average of 47.63 - thanks largely to two centuries - and one more for Delhi against England.

"There's time for everything and I feel this call has come at the right time for me. I was determined to do well this season. I didn't have a good West Indies tour with India A, so I wanted to do well," Dhawan told the Times of India.

"I trained a lot, played local matches in Delhi. Then I did well in Challengers, Duleep Trophy and Ranji Trophy. I got the opportunity to play in the warm-up game against England and I scored a ton against good bowling attack. It was a good finish to the domestic season but my career has just started."

The first Test gets underway in Chennai on 22 February. Mohali, Hyderabad and Delhi will hosts fixtures two, three and four respectively.