The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced squad for the home Test series against England. Despite great performance in the Australia tour, fast bowler T Natarajan could not make it in the squad. Meanwhile, Navdeep Saini, who was injured during the match, also did not get a place. At the same time, Hardik Pandya returns to the Test team after 29 months. He played his last Test against England in August 2018.
Let us tell you that Ishant Sharma has made a comeback in the Test squad. Jasprit Bumrah and Ashwin have retained their place in the Test squad. However, the injured Hanuma Vihari, who drew the third Test, could not make it in the 18-man squad.
Washington Sundar retained his place in Test squad:
4 spinners have been selected for the first 2 Tests. Ravindra Jadeja is out due to injury, but Washington Sundar, who took 4 wickets in the debut test and scored a fifty, has retained his place. Apart from him, Kuldeep, who did not play a single Test in Australia, is also retained in the team. Akshar Patel is also included in the spinners’ squad.
Indian team for series against England:
Openers: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal
Middle-order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Riddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul
Fast bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur
Spinner: R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Akshar Patel
Standby: KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar
Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajput, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gautam, Saurabh Kumar
First test will take place on 5 February:
India and England will play 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5-match T20. The Test series will begin on February 5. According to the BCCI, the last two Test matches, including the Pink Ball Test, will be played at Motera, the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad. After that, the 3 ODI series will be played in Pune.
All series matches will take place in 3 stadiums:
The BCCI finalized 3 Venues for the England tour of India. The first 2 Tests will be played in Chennai. The remaining 2 Tests will take place in Ahmedabad. After that, the 5 T20 series will be played in Ahmedabad from March 12. The last match of the T20 series will be played on 20 March. At the same time, the ODI series will begin on March 23. All matches will be held in Pune. The last ODI of the series will take place on 28 March.
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